- The Washington Times - Monday, February 18, 2019

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan says Rep. Ilhan Omar merely spoke the truth and should not have apologized for saying Israel and the U.S. Jewish lobby use money to control U.S. politicians.

Indeed, the black-nationalist anti-Semite chided the Minnesota Democrat who apologized last week for playing into anti-Semitic tropes about supposed Jewish control of banking and finance.

Mr. Farrakhan praised “Miss Omar from Somalia. She started talking about the Benjamins and they are trying to make her apologize. Sweetheart, don’t do that.”

Addressing himself to the Muslim congresswoman, Mr. Farrakhan told her at his annual Founder’s Day speech Sunday in Chicago that “you don’t have nothing to apologize for. Israel and AIPAC pays off senators and congressmen to do their bidding.”

Money from Israel, indeed any foreign country, may not be accepted by any candidate. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is a very minor player in the world of donations — donating less than $200,000 to all candidates since 1990, in an arena where spending tens of millions a year is common.

Still, Mr. Farrakhan warmed himself up to the subject and began bellowing “at” Ms. Omar that “you’re not lying and if you’re not lying, stop laying down. You were sent there by the people to shake up that corrupt house.”

Earlier in his speech, according to the Washington Free Beacon, Mr. Farrakhan had blamed the criticism for anti-Semitism targeting leaders of the Women’s March on “the wicked Jews [who] want to use me to break up the women’s movement.”

• Victor Morton can be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com.

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