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Sinclair Runs Segment Accusing Twitter as ‘Complicit’ in Anti-Semitism For Banning Right-Wing Conspiracist Laura Loomer

Laura Loomer is being beamed into millions of homes across America!

That’s right. Former Trump aide turned political pundit Boris Epshteyn is back at it again with a segment that Sinclair Broadcast Group is running on hundreds of local news stations. This one is a defense of Loomer, the far right conspiracy theorist, and it’s as fact-challenged as ever.

Epsteyn kicked off this week with a segment defending the use of tear gas on migrants at the southern border. In his latest segment — which conservative local news monolith Sinclair ran on hundreds of local news networks — he accuses social media platforms of being complicit in anti-Semitism because they banned Loomer.

Loomer was banned from Twitter after she said Minnesota Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar is “pro Sharia” and “anti Jewish.” Loomer added: “Under Sharia, homosexuals are oppressed & killed. Women are abused & forced to wear the hijab.”

Omar, who is Muslim, ran for Congress on a platform of defending LGBTQ rights.

Loomer was previously banned from ride sharing services Lyft and Uber after she went on an anti-Muslim tirade, complaining she was late to an event after she refused to take a cab with a Muslim driver.

On local news Wednesday morning, Boris Epshteyn described Loomer as a “controversial Jewish conservative activist” who was banned after posting “a factual tweet about Sharia law and called Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar ‘anti-Jewish.'”

Epshteyn continues:

Omar is a clear representative of anti-Semitism in our country. She has said in tweet that “Israel has hypnotized the world,” and asked that Allah “awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” To suggest that Jews are evil and have somehow hypnotized the world is quintessential, hateful, anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Omar’s tweet in question, from 2012, is critical of Israel, not the Jewish religion. It’s a point Omar herself has previously addressed. The congresswoman-elect has also spoken out against anti-Semitism on her Twitter account.

Epshteyn goes on to criticize Twitter for not banning Louis Farrakhan for his anti-Semitic rhetoric on the platform.

“There seems to be an offensive double standard at play that silences the critics of anti-Semitism while implicitly condoning hateful rhetoric against Jews and others,” Epshteyn says. “Outlets such as Facebook and Twitter need to act swiftly to fix this, otherwise they are directly complicit in the growing and troubling acceptance of anti-Semitism throughout the world.”

Watch Portland, Oregon’s ABC affiliate KATU airing the segment on Wednesday morning above.

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