Congresswoman Ilhan Omar blasted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy this week after she was removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, cliaming the decision was motivated by “racism and xenophobia.”
Omar, a member of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights, defended her previous role on social media.
“As the only African born, not being on the Africa subcommittee is not just an elimination of a unique voice but an elimination of all the voices that have never been heard on a committee on the continent,” Omar wrote. “It’s racist, xenophobic and discriminatory.”
“I think it would be hypocritic [sic] for him to remove, you know, the first African born on subcommittee on Africa on the Foreign Affairs Committee, where I’ve had the opportunity to not only represent my constituents but the voice of so many people who have never had a voice on the Foreign Affairs Committee,” she later told MSNBC.