Jewish Republican accused Muslim Democrat of anti-Semitism, she accused him of Islamophobia

A Twitter spat between New York Rep. Lee Zeldin and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omarappeared to conclude at about midnight Friday, after a work week of back-and-forth accusations between the two lawmakers of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

Omar, who is Muslim, invited Zeldin, who is Jewish, to meet with her in her office “over Somali tea” to “share notes on how to fight religious discrimination of all kinds.” The heated Twitter exchange began after Omar felt a tweet by Zeldin was an “Islamophobic dogwhistle,” and crested when Zeldin challenged Omar to condemn a voicemail left for his office by an unidentified caller who derided him, unironically, as a “Nazi Jew.”

Zeldin agreed in theory to the detente — though he still questioned whether Omar disagreed with everything a caller said in an anti-Semitic slur-filled voicemail to his office.

Omar had previously said the voicemail was “heinous and hateful” and that her office, too, is “flooded with bigoted voicemails and calls every day.”



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