Hikind Defends Ilhan Omar, Calls Republican Joke ‘Despicable’

FILE - Brooklyn assemblyman Dov Hikind in 2012. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

NEW YORK (VINnews) — In a rare move, former NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind is defending antisemitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. In a tweet Thursday, Hikind blasted Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert of Colorado, after she poked fun at Omar’s Muslim faith.

The seemingly innocuous joke was spread on a social media video, in which Boebert told a (seemingly fictitious) story about an encounter with Omar.

“So the other night on the House floor was not my first jihad squad moment. So I was getting into an elevator with one of my staffers…and I see a Capitol Police officer running hurriedly to the elevator,” Boebert said.

“I see fret all over his face, and he’s reaching… The door’s shutting, like I can’t – I can’t open it – like, what’s happening? I look to my left, and there she is. Ilhan Omar. I said, ‘Well she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine,’” she said, followed by laughter from the crowd.

Hikind, the founder of “Americans Against Antisemitism” who has been a fierce opponent of Omar, sent out a scathing tweet criticizing Boebert.

“I’m no fan of Ilhan Omar to say the least, and there’s no shortage of legitimate criticism to level at her,” tweeted Hikind, “but this “joke” by Lauren Boebert isn’t funny, it’s despicable! Disagree vehemently with your colleagues but don’t resort to grotesque stereotypes to score political points!”

In a similar tweet, Omar herself slammed Boebert, saying “Anti-Muslim bigotry isn’t funny & shouldn’t be normalized. Congress can’t be a place where hateful and dangerous Muslims tropes get no condemnation.”

It’s somewhat ironic that Hikind and Omar are on the same side of this debate, considering that Omar has a long history of engaging in antisemitic tropes and supporting Islamic extremism.

In a 2012 tweet, Omar accused Israel of “evil doings” and “hypnotizing the world.” More recently, she claimed that American support for Israel is “all about the Benjamins baby.”

And this past May on Twitter, Omar labeled Israel’s self-defense as terrorism, saying, “Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism.”

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