After Rep. Mark Pocan noted that he condemned Israel but no one criticized him, people responded that they never heard of him.
It’s never a good idea for an elected official to reveal themselves as a Useful Idiot, especially when it comes to their country and/or its allies defending themselves from terrorist attacks.
That’s exactly what happened earlier this week when a Wisconsin Democratic congressman defended Rep. Ilhan Omar by insinuating that criticism of her anti-Semitic stance on Israel defending itself against Hamas attacks was based on racism.
Rep. Mark Pocan has spent the last several days doing what appears to be auditioning for an honorary spot on the Squad by either tweeting or retweeting one attack after another on Israel for having the nerve to respond accordingly to rockets launched against them by Hamas.
On Tuesday, Pocan alleged there was something else behind the right’s criticisms of Omar beyond their disgust over her predictable displays of anti-Semitism masquerading as “concerns” over supposed “human rights abuses” against the Palestinians. In Pocan’s view, the right’s bigger issue with Omar is that she’s Somali-American:
I'm seeing a lot of right-wing extremists criticize my wonderful colleague, @IlhanMN, because she rightly condemned the murder of Palestinian children & Israel's violence against Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrar & at Al-Aqsa.
I did the same, wonder why they're not criticizing me?
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) May 12, 2021
Omar, of course, amplified his tweet and also retweeted a biased Nation piece that referenced his insinuation that racism was the primary motivation for the right’s disagreements with her:
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 12, 2021
“Rather than focusing on the simple message that the US needs to work for peace in the region… they are attacking the messenger who is a Muslim woman of color.”
— @MarkPocan on right-wing attacks on @IlhanMN’s advocacy for Palestinian rights
— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) May 13, 2021
Pocan’s suggestion backfired spectacularly when Omar’s critics pointed out they didn’t give him equal treatment because no one knows him:
because no one knows who you are?
— tsar becket adams (@BecketAdams) May 12, 2021
Because we don’t know who you are.
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) May 12, 2021
— Raymond McCue 💗⚤💜⚣💙 (@RayMcCue) May 13, 2021
I don’t know who you are, but I’ll criticize your ignorance, if that makes you happy.
What would you do if Canada suddenly started launching random rocket attacks at Wisconsin’s children?
Would you watch your people be hurt and killed, or ask our military to intervene?
— Fuzzy Chimp (@fuzzychimpcom) May 12, 2021
Happy to. Who are you?
— mishuma (@mishuma) May 13, 2021
— 100 Proof 🥃 (@ChampionCapua) May 12, 2021
Congressmen posting their Ls https://t.co/HBoqTaoI3z
— I. Noah Guy (@Decentguyusedto) May 13, 2021
Siri, who is Mark Pocan? https://t.co/axQHtunIWy
— Rob O'Donnell (@odonnell_r) May 12, 2021
Others pointed out that Pocan, as an LGBTQ Congressman effectively taking the side of Hamas in this fight, was the very definition of a self-defeating exercise:
Now that you’ve highlighted it, I’ll gladly denounce your factually deficient, morally blind terrorism apologia. And because identity was the premise of your tweet, I’ll note that the terrorists on whose behalf you’re muddying waters are virulent bigots, misogynists & homophobes. https://t.co/v5LaMcYnOH
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) May 13, 2021
Gay Congressmen for LBGT-murdering Hamas is poised to be the newest Democratic House Caucus. https://t.co/53UgY6iZfB
— David Bernstein (@ProfDBernstein) May 13, 2021
Another noted that she wasn’t right-wing but that she, too, strongly disapproved of his position on Israel defending itself:
.@repmarkpocan I’ll happily criticize you for refusing to acknowledge that Hamas is raining 1000s of rockets down on Israeli civilians while solely condemning Israel for defending itself from terrorism, and im not right wing. You were saying? https://t.co/DjNfohRJnH
— Ashley ✡️🦁 (@ashleyblair21) May 12, 2021
I considered responding to Rep. Pocan by suggesting he delete his account in shame. That would rob us of the pleasure of seeing him get dunked to infinity and beyond for actually believing that riding to Omar’s rescue, especially over an issue like this, was a good look. It wasn’t.
— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —DONATE
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