Donald Trump Displays His Double Standards, Demanding Ilhan Omar Resign Over Anti-Semitic Tweets [Opinion]

Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention & Rep. Ilhan Omar listens during a news conference on prescription drugs
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President Donald Trump has always been a mess of contradictions. From frequently changing his stance between liberal and conservative, Republican and Democrat, pro-choice and pro-life, pro-marriage equality and against marriage equality, the president seems to change his opinion on important matters at the drop of a dime, according to Politico.

The latest is his apparent view that others should be held accountable for remarks that can be construed as racist or against minorities, while he and his family members should be allowed to continue unchecked on similar comments about those same groups of people.

On Saturday, the president made an apparently flippant remark about the Trail of Tears, a Native American genocide from the 1880s, while mocking Senator Elizabeth Warren for her official presidential run announcement. But on Tuesday, following anti-Israeli tweets by Representative Ilhan Omar, the president condemned the representative and called for her immediate resignation, according to Yahoo News.

Omar’s tweets blamed U.S. money for aiding the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobby. While the representative has since apologized for her message, the president, who has yet to apologize for any of his own racist remarks made in the past two years, condemned Omar’s comments in a cabinet meeting.

“Congressman Omar, it’s terrible what she said and I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. What she said is so deep-seated in her heart that her lame apology, that’s what it was, it was lame and she didn’t mean a word of it, was just not appropriate. I think she should resign from Congress frankly, but at a minimum, she shouldn’t be on committees, certainly that committee,” he said during the meeting.

Despite the president’s apparent anger over Omar’s tweets, he hasn’t issued an apology for joking about the Trail of Tears, nor did he condemn his son’s words when Donald Trump Jr. shared the tweet with a flippant “Savage!!! Love my president” caption. Yahoo News points out that it would appear as if Native Americans don’t deserve the same courtesy in the eyes of the president as Israelis.

Trump wasn’t the only one to condemn Omar’s statements, with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also issuing a statement demanding an apology from the representative.

Omar did apologize on Monday, but emphasized that lobbyists getting involved in politics is problematic, regardless of what they stand for.

Other representatives have praised Omar for her quick apology, in which she thanked her Jewish colleagues for helping her to understand the “painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.” Rep. Deb Haaland called the apology “necessary” given the Democratic Party’s stance on Israel and its right to exist.