Are Ilhan Omar’s words those of a patriot who loves America?

Are Ilhan Omar’s words those of a patriot who loves America?
Ilhan Omar (Image: YouTube screen grab via Time mag)

The Democrats are rushing to protect their own, and perhaps that’s the right thing to do in these fractious times. But what they and the media are failing to address is that the president is correct when he accuses the members of the “Squad” for hating America and Israel.

If there’s one member of that group of freshman representatives who exemplifies my point more than any other it’s Somali-American Ilhan Omar, who a few short months ago faced the threat of congressional censure like the one the Congress voted on last night against Donald Trump.

What follows is a brief catalog of some of her more controversial statements. You can decide for yourself whether these are the words of a patriot who loves America.

In November 2012 Omar tweeted:

Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine#Israel

The tweet has since been scrubbed, but not before The Washington Post and New York Times (yes, the Post and the Times!) tore her a new one over her blatant anti-Semitism.

In 2013 she blamed the United States for the brutal al-Shabab terror attack on a Kenyan shopping mall saying it was a reaction to what she called “our involvement in other people’s affairs.

In November 2016, Omar, then a state legislator, wrote one of thirteen letters to Judge Michael Davis, seeking “compassion” and a “restorative approach to justice” in the case of nine Minnesota men who tried to join the Anti-American terrorist group ISIS.

In August 2017 she tweeted:

In October 2017, Rep. Omar attacked U.S. Soldiers who died fighting in the ‘Black Hawk Down’ operation:

In January 2019, she called Jewish Rep. Lee Zeldin a racist for introducing a bill to fight the anti-Semitic BDS movement.

February 2019 saw Omar famously tweeting that the GOP’s Israel support is purchased by AIPAC because it’s “all about the Benjamins.” She also called for the defunding of the Department of Homeland Security, which is in charge of protecting Americans on our shores. Her patriotism in the tweet was further reflected by her reference to the president as “Individual 1.”

Later that month she accused Jewish members of Congress of showing allegiance to a foreign country.

When forced to apologize by leadership, she gave a non-apology saying that groups like AIPAC were still a problem.

In March 2019 the entire House Democratic caucus showed its tacit support for Omar’s statements by refusing to condemn anti-Semitism.

On March 25 she issued a call to arms for her fellow Muslim-Americans to raise hell in America because Muslims are treated as second-class citizens in America.

In April 2019 she outrageously blamed 9/11 on “some people” doing “something.” Fellow Squad member Rashida Tlaib defended her statement.

On May 1, 2019, she announced her support of Venezualian despot Nicolas Maduro and blamed the country’s violence on American bullying.

On May 21 she claimed “Ignorance really is pervasive in many parts of this country.”

Instead of honoring our soldiers on Memorial Day this year, Omar spent the day with the Hamas-affiliated organization CAIR. The organizers threw Gay Vietnamese-American reporter Andy Ngo out of the event.

Finally in a press conference on Monday, Omar refused to say definitely whether she supports al-Qaeda, telling reporters:

I will not dignify it with an answer because I know that every single Islamophobe, every single person who is hateful, who is driven by an ideology of ‘othering’ as this president is, rejoices in us responding to that and us defending ourselves.

Cross posted at The Lid

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz is editor and publisher of the The Lid, and a weekly political columnist for the Jewish Star and TruthRevolt. He has also contributed to, HotAir, and PJ Media’s Tattler.


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