Trump campaign adviser says on Fox Business that Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar is "filth"
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From the March 4 edition of Fox Business' Varney & Co.:
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STUART VARNEY (HOST): All right, let's get to politics, part of our bread and butter. [Rep.] Ilhan Omar [(D-MN)] catching heat on Twitter for suggesting that politicians were being forced to pledge allegiance to Israel. New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey responded with this: "Lawmakers must be able to decide without prejudice or bigotry. I'm saddened that Rep. Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel. I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful." Joining us now, Trump campaign adviser Jeff Ballabon. Is there room in the Democrat Party for Ilhan Omar and Jewish voters?
JEFF BALLABON (TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT ADVISER): I don't think there's room in any reasonable setting for Ilhan Omar and normal people. Ilhan Omar -- the problem isn't, as Lowey says, that she's expressing herself poorly in a matter of debate. The problem is that her beliefs are deeply rooted in hatred and anti-Semitism. She is a hater. I'm going to say it, she is filth. She has no place in the Congress. She has no place on the Foreign Affairs Committee. It's outrageous that Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, the most powerful Democrat in America, appears on Rolling Stone, hand in hand with her smiling this week. It's outrageous.
VARNEY: Jeff, that is a very strong word that you just used.
BALLABON: Yes. She is a filthy, disgusting hater. So what if she's in Congress? That's the problem. The problem is they have now taken anti-Semitism in its worst, most base, disgusting force, and they've mainstreamed it. And this started when they let Keith Ellison, who is known to be the Nation of Islam spokesman -- the Nation of Islam is not a normal Islamic group. It is an Islamist hateful group. It is a group founded by Louis Farrakhan, who is a profound hater of Jews, not just of Jews by the way, of many other people as well -- and they mainstreamed it by allowing him to be deputy chairman of their party. It's got to stop.
VARNEY: OK, but you used extremely strong language.
VARNEY: Insulting language there.
VARNEY: Insulting to Ms. Omar. You've used it.
VARNEY: I don't hear other Jewish members of Congress saying the same thing. They're not making the same demands and they're not using the same language.
BALLABON: Absolutely correct. They're still playing politics and that's why people are beginning to say there's no room for Jews in the Democratic Party. I think the older generation, it's beginning to happen a little bit, but more and more younger and younger Jews realize this is ridiculous. They've had this hegemony, this -- like this ghetto of Jewish voters in the Democratic Party, and it's built on them trying to exploit the Jews and make the Jews be afraid of the people who are actually their friends. So when you have Chuck Schumer saying that the Republicans are making Israel a partisan issue, what does that mean? It means you have President Trump, who has moved the embassy to Jerusalem, who stands for Israel at the U.N. against the anti-Semitism of the U.N., who has Jewish grandchildren, and their response is they're the ones who are saying we are going to stand now with the ones who hate us, we're going to stand with the ones -- we're going to bring them in the Congress, put them on the Foreign Affairs Committee when they say that Israel has hypnotized the world, that Jews control the world through money, that the Jews have some kind of -- we're forcing them to pledge allegiance. This is the oldest form of hatred, it is the most violent and vile form of hatred and it has no room in public discourse.
VARNEY: Do you want your strong words -- and you are an adviser to the Trump 2020 campaign -- are you comfortable with using that very, very strong language, as an adviser to the Trump campaign?
BALLABON: Listen, I'm using this as a Jew, I'm using this as someone whose family directly feels threatened, but literally threatened, physically threatened in the culture that's being created now by the mainstreaming by the Democrats of these kinds of people. There is -- listen, if someone is going to tell me they're going to talk to Ilhan Omar and she will retract it all and apologize, not for her words. She keeps on trying to use these mealy-mouthed apologies for words, and then she doubles down with another anti-Semitic tweet or statement. The problem is she has a belief system, a belief set that Jews are evil and control the world. That has no place in America in public discourse. It's got to go.
VARNEY: All right Jeff, we hear you loudly and clearly. Thank you very much for being on the show. We appreciate it.