As Democratic leaders rush to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar from accusations of anti-Semitism, the Anti-Defamation League said Majority Whip James Clyburn went too far.
“The Holocaust was a singular tragedy resulting in the death of 6M Jews,” the ADL wrote in a tweet. “It’s offensive to diminish the suffering of survivors & the continuing pain of Jews today.
The civil rights advocate called on Mr. Clyburn to retract comments he gave to The Hill on Wednesday.
In that interview, he argued that Ms. Omar’s experience as a refugee from Somalia was being overlooked in favor of those who were generations removed from the tragedy of the Holocaust.
“I’m serious about that. There are people who tell me, ‘Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.’ ‘My parents did this.’ It’s more personal with her,” Mr. Clyburn told the newspaper. “I’ve talked to her, and I can tell you she is living through a lot of pain.”