Barack Obama spoke at AIPAC, back in 2012, though the relationship between the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and Barry soured, thanks in large part to the disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal. However, in 2019, rabid anti-Semite Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is leading the Democratic Party into dangerously bigoted territory, as evidenced by the fact that several Democratic presidential hopefuls chose to #boycottAIPAC2019, Monday night, in Washington, D.C.
Eight Democratic candidates for President are actually boycotting #AIPAC2019. Let me be clear, anyone who aspires to the highest office in the land should not be afraid to stand with the strongest supporters of Israel in America. pic.twitter.com/VVn2N4dZwr
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) March 25, 2019
Meanwhile, Democrats appear to be confused as to what the “party line” is on AIPAC and overall support for one of America’s most loyal allies and points of stability in the Middle East.
Steny Hoyer declared himself loyal to Israel today at #AIPAC2019. When @IlhanMN said she shouldn’t be expected to do so in order to serve in Congress, she was branded an antisemite. https://t.co/SwRadO1dsp pic.twitter.com/OVJFItSDuW
— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) March 25, 2019
Paging Ilhan Omar… Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has a message for you!
.@SenSchumer: “These age-old anti-Semitic tropes are false and we must renounce them.
You can be a Jew and care about Israel and it does not make you any less American.
You can be a Jew and lobby for Israel and it does not make you any less American.” #AIPAC2019
— AIPAC (@AIPAC) March 25, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence brought fire and fighting words to his speech at AIPAC. He didn’t parse words when facing down the eight Democrats vying for the their party’s nomination for the 2020 presidential race, or when he slapped Ilhan Omar for her anti-Semitic rhetoric. The Hill covered the Vice President’s words, in great detail:
“Vice President Pence hit Democratic presidential candidates for skipping an annual pro-Israel conference during his own address at the event on Monday.
‘Anyone who aspires to the highest office in the land should not be afraid to stand with the strongest supporters of Israel in America,’ Pence said at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, D.C.
[S]everal 2020 Democratic candidates announced last week that they would not attend this year’s conference after liberal group MoveOn called for them to boycott the event, citing AIPAC’s opposition the Iran nuclear deal and alleged support for ‘anti-Muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric.’
Those who announced they are not attending the conference include top-tier candidates such as Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), as well as former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).
In his speech, Pence also hit [Rep. Ilhan] Omar [(D-MN)], one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, saying ‘all over the world anti-Semitism is on the rise … even in the halls of Congress.’ He did not name Omar, but quoted several of the statements she made that sparked controversy.
‘Anti-Semitism has no place in the Congress of the United States of America,’ Pence said to a standing ovation.
‘And at a minimum, anyone who slanders those who support this historic alliance between the United States and Israel should never have a seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives,’ he added, to an even more thunderous standing ovation from the crowd.”
The Democratic Party, who routinely refer to Trump, his administration, and the GOP en mass as Nazis, appear to be at somewhat of a crossroads. Their new fresh-faced rulers of the party; Reps. Omar, AOC, and Rashida Tlaib, in lockstep with the Democrat presidential candidates, are pushing newly-minted “moderates” like Sen. Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to “bone up” against Israel or risk being overrun by the unhinged and unchained radical leftist base.
MAGA Voter also ran a story, touting Pence’s strong and inspiring appearance at AIPAC:
“‘Let me be clear on this point,’ Pence said. ‘Anyone who aspires to the highest office in the land should not be afraid to stand with the strongest supporters of Israel in America.’ While he focused on Israel, Pence opened his remarks with reference to the report of special counsel Robert Mueller, who spent two years investigating the Trump presidential campaign’s allegedly improper connections to Russia.
That report was submitted to the Department of Justice on Friday and, in its lack of new indictments, appears to be favorable to Trump, if not entirely exculpatory. ‘Yesterday was a great day for our country,’ Pence said, pronouncing the report a ‘total vindication.'”
After cleaning up the Democrats who were noticeably absent, as well as mounting a stout rebuke of anti-Semitic trope-trafficking Ilhan Omar, the VP was able to cleverly work in a shout out to the Mueller Report and its exoneration of President Trump. Mike Pence is savvy politician, who knows how to stick and move when the time is right, with a microphone in his face. He proved that and more on Monday night.