The flap started over a tweet from Omar that said, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” and included a music-note emoji, an apparent reference to the 1997 Puff Daddy single featuring the Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Kim and The Lox. Her tweet linked to a statement by journalist Glenn Greenwald about Republicans’ growing disdain for Omar’s anti-Israel position. Taken together, she appeared to suggest that Republican outrage was rooted in money. A spokesman for Omar did not immediately respond to a request from The Post for comment; her spokesman told Politico earlier Thursday that the tweets “speak for themselves.”
An opinion editor at the Jewish publication The Forward sought clarification from Omar: “Would love to know who [Omar] thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel,” wrote Batya Ungar-Sargon, “though I think I can guess. Bad form, Congresswoman. That’s the second ant-Semitic trope you’ve tweeted.”
Omar’s response only caused more backlash: “AIPAC!” she told Ungar-Sargon, referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful pro-Israel lobbying entity.