Ted Lieu doubles down on anti-Semitic trope, first in a tweet, then on CNN

Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu (Calif.) went on the attack against the U.S. ambassador to Israel, but he employed the same anti-Semitic trope for which Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has already been criticized.

Lieu was calling for the resignation of Ambassador David Friedman, who is Jewish, when he accused him of having a foreign allegiance, which is a common anti-Semitic trope.

He tweeted the accusation and then repeated it on CNN.

"Dear @USAmbIsrael: You are an American," Lieu tweeted. "Your allegiance should be to America, not to a foreign power."

"You should be defending the right of Americans to travel to other countries," he added. "If you don't understand that, then you need to resign."

In February, Omar faced a firestorm of criticism when she made similar comments about supporters of the existence of the state of Israel in the United States.
"I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country," she said.

Lieu echoed that accusation on CNN.

"Actually I think he should resign because he doesn't see to understand that his allegiance is to America, not to a foreign power," Lieu told Wolf Blitzer.

"He should be defending the right of Americans to go abroad to other countries and to visit their relatives," he added. 

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained that the itinerary of the Democratic members of Congress banned from travel proved that the "sole purpose of their visit is to harm Israel and increase incitement against it."

Here's the video of Lieu making the bigoted comments:

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