Ted Cruz trolls AOC about 'censuring the Squad' after she accuses Kanye of anti-Semitism
Ted Cruz confronted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as she faced backlash for accusing Kanye West of anti-Semitism after having fully supported 'The Squad' that includes lawmakers who have made controversial comments against Jewish people and Israel.
The New York congresswoman took to Twitter on Sunday, October 9, to declare that there is "no room in this country or world for antisemitism," despite her congressional colleagues Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) making repeated comments critical of Jewish people. Texas Senator Cruz responded to Ocasio-Cortez the following day, writing "So you'll be voting to censure the Squad?"
"It is important to see how harmful + dangerous Kanye's words are - not only to our Jewish brothers, sisters, & siblings but also to our collective society at large," AOC tweeted on Sunday, adding, "We must reject this [garbage] wherever we see it." Cruz, who is known to spar with the congresswoman on Twitter, responded on Monday, October 10, "So you'll be voting to censure the Squad?"
So you’ll be voting to censure the Squad? https://t.co/g5enfESP9z— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 10, 2022
Kanye West sparked outrage over a now-deleted anti-Semitic tweet posted late Saturday night, in which he appeared to declare war on Jewish people. "I'm a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I'm going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE," he wrote. "The funny thing is I actually can't be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jews also. You guys have toyed with me and tried to blackball anyone whoever opposes your agenda," the rapper added.
It's worth noting that lawmakers Omar and Tlaib are fiercely pro-Palestine and have faced backlash multiple times for referencing anti-Semitic tropes. Tlaib was the first Palestinian-American to be sworn in as a congresswoman, while Omar was the first woman to ever wear a hijab on the floor of Congress.
In 2012, Omar came under fire for tweeting, "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel." Both Omar and Tlaib have been accused in the past of trying to hint at anti-semitic conspiracies, including that a secret Jewish cabal controls the world and pulls the strings from behind the scenes. The lawmakers have also pushed the long-held anti-semitic sentiment that Jewish people are tricking the world into supporting Israel.
Omar was forced to apologize for her 2012 tweet after she took office in January 2019. "I heard from Jewish orgs. that my use of the word 'hypnotize' and the ugly sentiment it holds was offensive," she wrote at the time, adding, "I spent lots of energy putting my 2012 tweet in context and little energy [in] disavowing the anti-Semitic trope I unknowingly used, which is unfortunate and offensive."
That statement came in the context of the Gaza War.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 22, 2019
It’s now apparent to me that I spent lots of energy putting my 2012 tweet in context and little energy is disavowing the anti-semitic trope I unknowingly used, which is unfortunate and offensive.
She was also slammed for her "all about the Benjamins" attack in February 2019 when he alleged politicians supporting Israel are being paid off by the pro-Israel lobby and other Jewish advocacy groups. Omar has previously compared the US and Israel to the likes of terrorist outfits Hamas and the Taliban. She later said she did not regret her comments, arguing that all the groups she mentioned had committed "unthinkable atrocities." That said, Tlaib was accused of sharing anti-semitic sentiments during her remarks at the Democratic Socialists of America's national convention in August 2021.
Stunning to hear @RashidaTlaib claim "behind the curtain,” those who prevent a “free Palestine” are the “same people” who exploit “regular Americans."— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) August 3, 2021
We've heard this kind of ugly #antisemitic dog whistling before, but it's appalling when it comes from a member of Congress. pic.twitter.com/lBc8hxKAlw
"If you open the curtain and look behind the curtain, it's the same people that make money – and, yes they do – off of racism, off of these broken policies. There is someone there making money," she said at the time. "They do it from Gaza to Detroit," she added, referencing her home state. "And it's a way to control people, to oppress people. And it's those structures that we continue to fight against."
AOC was excoriated on social media for going after Kanye while turning a blind eye to the controversial comments of her fellow squad members.
"Get a mirror you clown," political commentator Dave Rubin tweeted. "Y’all need to STOP!" Republican politician Lavern Spicer wrote. "You are the heifer who says that we should boycott, sanction, and divest from Israel. You hang out with women who are BANNED from Israel for hating Jews so much and now you wanna talk about Kanye? Go to the horse farm girl."
"Your best friends in the squad are some of THE fiercest anti-Semites," Townhall editor Rebecca Downs alleged. "You yourself sobbed like a baby when you had to vote 'present' for the iron dome."
"Perhaps you should; 1. Talk to @IlhanMN, @RashidaTlaib, and the rest of your 'squad' about it? 2. Look in a mirror #Hypocrite," heavy metal vocalist David Draiman insisted.
"In 2019, AOC and Ilhan Omar were two of only 17 members of Congress to vote against a resolution condemning the antisemitic BDS (boycott, divest, and sanctions) campaign against Israel," Iraq vet and Republican commentator Rob Smith added.
Get a mirror you clown.— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) October 10, 2022
Y’all need to STOP! You are the heifer who says that we should boycott, sanction and divest from Israel. You hang out with women who are BANNED from Israel for hating Jews so much and now you wanna talk about Kanye? Go to the horse farm girl.— Lavern Spicer 🇺🇸 (@lavern_spicer) October 10, 2022
Your best friends in the squad are some of THE fiercest anti-Semites. You yourself sobbed like a baby when you had to vote “present” for the iron dome.— Rebecca Downs (@RebeccaRoseGold) October 10, 2022
In 2019, AOC and Ilhan Omar were two of only 17 members of Congress to vote against a resolution condemning the antisemitic BDS (boycott, divest, and sanctions) campaign against Israel. https://t.co/w4gZwyhtcc— Rob Smith 🇺🇸 (@robsmithonline) October 10, 2022