People make mistakes. Some are rather small and completely unintentional, such as spelling errors sent out through a Twitter post. Others are more a momentary lack of good judgment or an error in thinking.
What makes them a mistake is that they were not well thought out or planned. While they may be inexplicitly wrong and something that we can’t take back, they are usually a one-time thing and very quickly identified as inaccuracy.
And as such, they become prime opportunities to learn from. We realize we made a mistake and take certain precautions to make sure we never say such a thing or act similarly again. There is a lesson learned.
But what happens when we don’t learn from them? Or when someone continues to act or say the same kind of things, regardless of the consequences? Can it then still be classified as a mistake, or is it maybe a far more sinister condition?
One might argue that such a person is simply not smart enough to learn from them. Then again, maybe it is a condition of the heart, such as prejudice or even an extreme hatred.
We ask these questions now in regards to US Representative Ilhan Omar and what seems to be a hatred for any Jew beyond her beloved communist, Bernie Sanders.
Over the last few years, she has made several comments and even acted against this religion. And at first, it might have been easy to think she had simply made an error. Maybe she merely spoke out of turn or didn’t understand the ramifications of what she was saying.
However, years later, she is still saying the same kind of things and still pushing agendas that would seek to destroy the nation of Israel, the birthplace of the Jews.
Some may insist that she isn’t smart enough to learn from her past indiscretions, and indeed, there may be some merit to that. After all, she has continued to do so, further sullying her own name and reputation. Even her constituents back home in Minnesota no longer support her, making it likely that she won’t succeed in taking on a second term in Congress.
However, her last tweet, which implies the anti-Semitism she has become so well known for, does show a slight bit of restraint and caution.
In response to a CNBC article that talks about billionaire investor Leon Cooperman supporting the 2020 GOP presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Omar simply said, “I wonder why?” She also made sure to add a thinking face emoji to her post.
Now, one could say that nothing hateful is mentioned here. After all, she only says three little words. But we believe that is precisely the point.
She has said just enough to raise questions but not enough to make her response positively lead in one direction or another. This proves she is smart enough to understand how people might take this and, therefore, leaves plenty of room for deniability.
There are many reasons we could assume that Cooperman would endorse Bloomberg for president. As they are both billionaires and move in some of the same circles, one could say they are friends. Others could presume the Cooperman merely likes Bloomberg’s policies and ideas better than anyone else lobbying for the White House.
However, one other thing to note here is that both are also known Jews.
And it is this fact, that draws us to once again question Omar’s prejudice. After all, this isn’t the first time she has made such implications.
In August, both her and her co-squad member Rashida Tlaib posted a cartoon of Trump and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu trying to silence the two congresswomen.
And what is even worse is that this particular cartoon won second place in Iran’s International Holocaust Cartoon Contest in 2006.
And then there was the time she insinuated that Jewish lawmakers had dual citizenship and, therefore, loyalties to both America and Israel.
Of course, we can’t forget about her, Tlaib and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s bid to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions BDS movement against Israel, an idea that all three still claim to endorse and push for.
America’s response says it best, “Omar very carefully making an anti-Semitic tweet with just enough vagueness to claim that (actually) she meant it was about the benjamins and not about religion. But everyone knows what she meant, which is why she continues to do it.”