Kevin McCarthy Promises to Strip Ilhan Omar of Committee Assignments if GOP Takes Back the House

Kevin McCarthy Promises to Strip Ilhan Omar of Committee Assignments if GOP Takes Back the House
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is publicly promising to strip Ilhan Omar of her Committee Assignments if the GOP takes back the House in 2022. McCarthy has already called for Omar to lose her Committee Assignments, but it seems highly unlikely that enough Democrats would go along with that to make it happen.

With that in mind, during a Fox News interview, McCarthy noted Ilhan Omar would be stripped of her Foreign Affairs Committee slot if the GOP takes back Congress.

Omar, who has hade numerous anti-Semitic and anti-American comments, has been widely condemned over her latest controversial remarks comparing the U.S. to terrorist groups.

Even a dozen Democrats stepped up and criticized her for those remarks, although given that Nancy Pelosi has said she doesn’t intend to take any disciplinary action against Omar, it seems unlikely those Democrats would risk the wrath of “the Squad” to vote Omar off of a Committee.

That’s why we will probably only see Omar kicked off the Foreign Affairs Committee if the GOP takes back the House. That being said, McCarthy also has another reason to go after Omar. Democrats broke precedent to strip Marjorie Taylor Greene of her Committees and so the GOP needs to retaliate if they take back over to discourage Democrats from continuing to play that game.

There are two dozen radical Democrats McCarthy could go after, but Omar’s open anti-Semitism and her prominence in the Democratic Party could make her a perfect target for this sort of strategy. It would put the Democrats in a position where they either have to defend someone who has repugnant views or disappoint the most radical elements of their base by refusing to support her. That’s a smart political move.

John Hawkins is the author of 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know. You can find him on Parler here and on Twitter here.


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