Bill Maher: Dem Squabbling Over Ilhan Omar Was About Identity Politics


Last night Bill Maher talked with his panel about the controversy surrounding Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and said, “I’m a free speech person. I think you’re allowed to criticize Israel without being an anti-Semite. Having said that, I’ve read some of her other tweets. Maybe. She might be. I don’t know what her thoughts are on this.”

He went on to say about the clashing over the resolution that ultimately condemned many forms of hate, “It became an issue for the Democrats of ‘we can’t censure this person because it’s a woman and a person of color.’ And that, I think, is identity politics, is it not?”

Noah Rothman agreed and noted the similarities between the watered-down resolution and when people tried to make “Black Lives Matter” into “All Lives Matter.”

Mary Katharine Ham said that Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in a tough spot with her caucus “because of intersectionality” and warned about the “woke-off” potentially hurting Democrats as the election unfolds.

At one point Maher read out the response to Omar from a Democratic colleague:

In response to “questioning support for the U.S.-Israel relationship is unacceptable,” Maher said, “Wrong!… Questions are not unacceptable.”

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