Proving President Trump’s criticism of her is correct, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) published an op-ed in the New York Times on Thursday in which she trashes the United States for being a bigoted country.
In the op-ed, titled, “It Is Not Enough to Condemn Trump’s Racism,” the freshman Democrat, who has trivialized the 9/11 terror attacks, claimed the president’s criticism of her is anti-Semitic, anti-American, and reminded her of the trepidation of civil war in her native country Somalia.
“I was reminded of times when such fearmongering was allowed to flourish. I also couldn’t help but remember the horrors of civil war in Somalia that my family and I escaped, the America we expected to find and the one we actually experienced,” wrote the lawmaker, who recently warned Americans ought to be “more fearful of white men.”
Omar fled Somalia after the start of civil war in 1991 when an estimated 350,000 to 1,000,000 Somalis died because of the conflict. She said she was disappointed by the conditions of the U.S. when she and her family arrived.
“In Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, I saw grade-school children as young as me holding assault rifles in the streets. I spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya, where there was no formal schooling or even running water. But my family and I persevered, fortified by our deep solidarity with one another, the compassion of others and the hope of a better life in the United States,” she wrote. “The America we arrived in was different from the one my grandfather had hoped to find. The land of opportunity he imagined was in fact full of challenges.”
The Muslim refugee who found asylum out of strife-torn, Sharia-controlled Somalia did not express gratitude to the United States. Instead, she complained the American people for subjecting her to “experienc[ing] prejudices as a visibly Muslim woman” and asserts “our Constitution and democratic institutions are the tools to make it better.”
“The land of opportunity he imagined in 1992 was in fact full of challenges,” she continued. “People identified me in ways that were foreign to me: immigrant, black. I learned that these identities carried stigmas, and I experienced prejudice as a visibly Muslim woman.”
Omar urged her readers to not only condemn Trump for being a racist, but “confront” his policies, while repeating discredited accusations against the president.
“The chants of “Jews will not replace us,” shouted at a rally in Charlottesville in 2017 by white supremacists, whom this president tacitly accepted, are a direct attack on the values of religious freedom central to the founding of our nation,” she bemoaned.
In reality, Trump explicitly and repeatedly denounced white supremacy after violence erupted in Charlottesville, warning white supremacy is “repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” The president also declared white supremacist should be “condemned totally.”
Omar goes on to make false claims about the Trump administration’s policies, decrying “the caging of immigrant children at the border” – cages that were built by President Obama’s administration. She accuses Trump of banning Muslims, when in fact, Trump issued executive orders that apply to six Muslim majority countries with ties to terrorism as determined by the Obama administration and the U.S. State Department – Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Syria. By Omar’s logic, compiling this list of “countries of concern” would make Barack Hussein Obama an anti-Muslim bigot.
“The Trump administration has sought to restrict people from exercising their voting rights. It has sought to undermine the basic checks and balances of our Constitution by not respecting subpoenas from Congress,” she warns. “And the president has used overtly racist rhetoric to strike fear and division in communities of color and religious minorities across the country.
She concludes, “The only way to push back is to be unequivocal about our values. It is not enough to condemn Mr. Trump’s racism. We must affirmatively confront racist policies — whether the caging of immigrant children at the border or the banning of Muslim immigrants or the allowing of segregation in public housing.”
Omar’s fellow state Rep. Steve Drazkowski and government watchdog Judicial Watch requested the House Ethics Committee launch an investigation into the Muslim lawmaker on Tuesday, amid a slew of alleged offenses, including immigration fraud which she committed by illegally marrying her brother.
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