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Rep. McCarthy speaks out against anti-Semitism in Congress

Ilhan Omar, Democratic Representative for Minnesota's 5th District. (Kristie Boyd / U.S. House Office of Photography)

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is standing firm that tweets sent out Sunday from Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar were anti-Semitic.

"If they [Democrats] do not take action, I think you'll see action from myself. This cannot sustain itself. It's unacceptable in this country," McCarthy said at a news conference.

Omar insinuated in a tweet Sunday that members of Congress have been bought off by pro-Israel groups such as AIPAC.

Many took offense to this, including local Rabbi Cheryl Rosenstein.

"The remarks that the representative from Minnesota earlier made were anti-Semitic. Any, any connection made between Jews and money, or Israel and money (is) following an ancient and old and sad trope, an anti-Semitic trope," she said.

Omar apologized Monday for any harm caused by her comments, but reaffirmed her call to look into special interest groups, such as AIPAC, and its heavy influence on lawmakers to support pro-Israel legislation.

While McCarthy is receiving praise for being outspoken about anti-Semitism, critics dug up a tweet he sent out last year – but later deleted – accusing prominent Jewish leaders George Soros and Michael Bloomberg of buying the presidential election.

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