Ilhan Omar May Survive The GOP’s Purge In The House

( Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar may survive the GOP’s attempt to put her committee assignment on the chopping block, according to The Washington Examiner. Since taking a narrow lead in the House, Speaker Kevin McCarthy is pushing to remove the far-left squad member from her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

While McCarthy already removed Reps. Eric Swalwell, who had relations with a Chinese spy, and Adam Schiff, it will reportedly be harder to keep Omar off the committee for the antisemitic comments she made in the past.

The House speaker has the ultimate control over choosing members for select committees, including those that are permanent like the Intelligence Committee. However, removing a member from the Foreign Affairs Committee requires a House floor vote and with McCarthy only being able to afford a loss of four votes, he might not have enough Republican support.

Some Republicans believe that McCarthy’s move may be a vengeful blow to Democrats after they stripped Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) of their committee assignments in 2021. Reps. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) and Nancy Mace (R-SC) have said they would not vote to remove her, and they are reportedly joined by other Republicans who are currently undecided.

“Two wrongs do not make a right. Speaker Pelosi took unprecedented actions last Congress to remove Reps. Greene and Gosar from their committees without proper due process,” Spartz said in a statement, suggesting that McCarthy is guilty of the same thing.

Mace agreed and indicated that she would not support booting Omar because she tries to be “consistent in my values…regardless of who’s in charge.”

Republican Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick and Chris Smith are reportedly likely to vote with Democrats, who have also been critical of Omar’s criticism of Israel and harmful comments against Jewish people. But the party is still projected to support her bid to keep her assignment.