Fox News co-host blames Kevin McCarthy for ‘Low Brow’ decision
Fox News co-host Geraldo Rivera slammed House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Friday after Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, was removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee.
“Dear Rep Omar, you have a raw deal. GOP reps should be embarrassed by the actions of the president and management. Really low,” Rivera said in a repost of Omar’s tweet in which she said she spoke. with Rep. Brendan Boyle, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, about joining the House Budget Committee.
“I just spoke with @RepBrendanBoyle about my appointment to the budget committee this term. Budgets are a reflection of our values. I’m excited to push for a people-centered budget that invests in the needs of the American people,” the Democratic lawmaker wrote on Friday.
Omar was removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday by a House GOP vote despite lobbying efforts by fellow Democrats to keep her on the panel.
Republicans have long targeted Omar for her criticism of Israel, including her past remarks in which she suggested GOP support for Israel was funded by donations from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. She apologized for those comments in 2019, saying, “Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful to Jewish allies and colleagues who educate me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.”
However, that still did not save her from being stripped of her seat on the committee, a move McCarthy has repeatedly sworn he would make when he becomes Speaker of the House. McCarthy, a Republican from California, won the presidency after the GOP narrowly won a majority in the House in the 2022 midterm elections.
Meanwhile, Omar slammed Republicans before the vote for trying to fire her, saying it had less to do with her past statements and more to do with her immigration status.
“Who becomes an American? What opinions do you have to have to be considered an American? That’s what this debate is about,” she said.
After stepping down from the committee, Omar vowed that she will not be silent in Congress and will continue to advocate for justice.
“I will continue to speak out on behalf of families seeking justice around the world, whether they are displaced in refugee camps or hidden under their beds somewhere like me,” she wrote on Facebook. “I have not come to Congress to be silent. I have come to Congress to be their voice. My leadership and my voice will not diminish if I do not serve on this committee for one term. My voice will only grow more stronger. If you are with us, help us push back.”
Omar is the third Democrat to be removed from committee duty since McCarthy was elected Speaker of the House after struggling 14 times to win enough votes to secure the presidency. Last week, Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, both California Democrats, were forced from their posts on the House Intelligence Committee, a move McCarthy had previously promised to honor.
Swalwell has been lambasted by some Republicans after a 2020 report emerged that he was targeted by a suspected Chinese intelligence operative seeking ties with US politicians. The Democratic congressman has not been charged with any wrongdoing.
Meanwhile, McCarthy targeted Schiff for his alleged support of the Steele dossier, also known as the Trump-Russia dossier, which claimed ties between former President Donald Trump and Russia.
Rivera also pointed out Thursday how “ironic” it is that Omar was removed from his committee, while Rep. George Santos, a New York Republican backed by McCarthy, sat on the small business and science committees. despite his repeated lies about his background. since his electoral victory in November. Santos, however, is expected to step down from both committees after calls for his resignation were made.
“It’s ironic that Rep. Omar was kicked off her committee on a purely partisan vote, while serial liar (and jerk) George Santos got two Plum Committee positions, which he never left. only to prepare his defense against his various sins. Watch Hannity tonight live, “Rivera tweeted.
Newsweek contacted the offices of Omar and McCarthy for comment.