February 12, 2019

EVEN DONALD DESERVES SOME BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT:

Ilhan Omar's tweets were appalling. What happened next was inspiring. (Dana Milbank, February 11, 2019, Washington Post)

Monday, the Democratic House leadership issued a joint demand for an apology, saying "Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive."

Ninety minutes later, Omar issued an "unequivocal" apology, saying "anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes."

Contrast that with what happened when President Trump on Saturday appeared to joke about the genocide of Native Americans. Again referring to Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas," Trump tweeted: "See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!"

In fairness, we've seen enough of Donald to know how ignorant and unread he is; the idea that he'd ever even heard of the Trail of Tears strains credulity.

Posted by at February 12, 2019 12:00 AM

  

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