‘Trump is exporting his bigotry’: AOC blasts Israel for banning Omar and Tlaib , Lawmakers and activists across the Political spectrum deplored the Israeli government’s decision to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn , and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., from entering the country at the urging of President Trump.
Those opposing the move included some allies of the administration, including Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
The lawmakers had planned a trip to visit Palestinian cities on the West Bank. The Israeli government previously had said it would not block the trip.Ocasio-Cortez criticized both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Trump for blocking Omar and Tlaib’s visit.
Members of Congress “are frequently asked to visit Israel to ‘see things for ourselves,’” she tweeted. “But Netanyahu choosing to ban the only 2 Muslim women in Congress from entering tells the U.S.
She added: “Trump is exporting his bigotry & making matters worse.”Pressley tweeted her dismay with the ban shortly after it was announced.“I’m calling this like I see it: bigoted, short sighted and cruel,” she wrote.
“Any leader committed to advancing democracy would welcome with open arms two democratically elected United States Congresswomen. And every single member of Congress should be calling this out.”On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted that “it would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit.”
“They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds,” the president added. “Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!”
About an hour later, Israel announced its decision to bar their visit.“There is no country in the world that respects the U.S. and the U.S. Congress more than the State of Israel,”