Los Angeles Times

The right move on Rep. Omar


Re “GOP’s petty payback against Democrats only deepens partisan divide,” editorial, Feb. 2

Seven years before she was elected to Congress in 2019, Rep. Ilhan Omar (DMinn.) tweeted, as noted in a House resolution, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”

She has continued to make offensive remarks about Israel and the Jews of this country. She may have “apologized” for her remarks, but many people do that when they are caught and condemned for their behavior.

As a bigoted person, Omar is not appropriat­e to sit on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Her removal by Republican­s is not just petty partisan payback.

Beth Ruben Santa Barbara


Last week, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfiel­d) removed Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over remarks made in 2019 that were condemned as antisemiti­c.

However, Omar’s constituen­ts and other Foreign Affairs Committee members feel that her voice and her perspectiv­e as an immigrant is necessary.

Also, after the last presidenti­al election, multiple Republican lawmakers objected to certifying the result. Some now sit on committees investigat­ing those who attempted to hold the former administra­tion responsibl­e for the insurgency.

Rep. Jim Jordan (ROhio), one of the 147 GOP House members who voted against certificat­ion, now heads a subcommitt­ee tasked with investigat­ing the “weaponizat­ion of the federal government.”

Even more concerning, two Democratic representa­tives seated on the House Intelligen­ce Committee were removed, and Jordan’s new subcommitt­ee wants access to highly classified informatio­n. I have a distinct feeling this will not end well for the country.

Kathryn Louyse Glendale

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