Explaining the News
Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has been in the spotlight since she tweeted comments that have been interpreted as promoting anti-Semitic tropes. The mainstream media has covered this controversy extensively, but Omar isn’t the only elected official with a history of controversial remarks. Rep. Jim Jordan and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy have both tweeted similarly anti-Semitic tropes and Rep. Steve King has promoted racist ideologies for years. ThinkProgress searched television news transcripts on Nexis to compare how the media covered those comments and the statements Omar made. See the disparity for yourself.