Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro stirred controversy on Monday when on his radio program “The Ben Shapiro Show” he argued that freshman Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has "a lot of the same opinions about Jews that the white supremacist had in that manifesto." Shapiro was referring to the shooter who killed one woman and injured others when he attacked a San Diego synagogue what authorities described as a hate crime.
The clip of Shapiro making the comparison between Omar and the San Diego shooter went viral on Twitter with some users refuting Shapiro. NBC News’ Ben Collins wrote in reply, “The guy who wrote the manifesto tried to burn down a mosque. He was directly inspired, in his words, by a man who killed 49 people in a mosque a month prior.”
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The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan wrote, “Yep, black Muslim refugee Ilhan Omar definitely shares the white supremacist shooter’s opposition to *checks notes* black Muslim refugees being brought into America to replace white people. Idiot.” Shapiro responded to Hasan, saying, “The shooter's entire thesis was that Jews control world politics. You might say that his thesis was that they hypnotize the world.”
Shapiro was referencing a 2012 tweet from Omar, which she has since apologized for, in which she accused Israel of “hypnotizing the world.”
Shapiro’s linking of Omar to the deadly San Diego shooting is part of a trend on the right in the United States - which has placed blame for the shooting on a recent anti-Semitic cartoon in the international edition of the New York Times and alleged anti-Semitism from Democrats.
On Sunday, in a discussion of the shooting on ABC’s “The View,” co-host Meghan McCain, brought up Omar, saying, ”I do think, when we’re having conversations about anti-Semitism, we should be looking at the extremes on both sides, and I would bring up Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and some of her comments that got so much attention,” she said. “And in my opinion, Nancy Pelosi wasn’t hard enough in her response to her trafficking in anti-Semitic language.”