Posted on February 11, 2019

Somali Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

Robert Hampton, American Renaissance, February 11, 2019

Ilhan Omar, the Muslim Somali congresswoman from Minnesota, is back in the news. She is being blasted by Democrats and Republicans alike for tweeting that the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee sets America’s Middle-East policies by donating lavishly to congressional campaigns. House members accused her of “trafficking in anti-Semitic tropes,” and called her comments “deeply hurtful and offensive.” She was forced to apologize.

Miss Omar gets attention whether she opens her mouth or not. She always wears a hijab — the first U.S. representative ever to do so. Congress had to scrap an old policy prohibiting headwear just to accommodate her.

The hijab symbolizes much of what Rep. Omar is — a direct challenge to the historic American nation. She’s the picture politician brought to us by mass immigration and identity politics. This is why the media adore her despite charges of “anti-Semitism.” A glowing New York Times profile that glossed over controversies said the congresswoman’s story was “uniquely American.”

Ilhan Omar (Credit Image: © Alex Edelman/CNP via ZUMA Wire)

The Times quoted Miss Omar’s father telling her that American children teased her at school “because they feel threatened in some way by your existence.” This seems to have established how Miss Omar views the country she now represents. According to the Times, she began wearing the hijab after the 9/11 attacks to flaunt her “otherness” in opposition to America, a country she thought was a false promised land since “the first day we arrived.”

A common theme for Rep. Omar is that America is run by racists and that whites are the greatest danger to the nation. During her campaign, Miss Omar claimed Donald Trump is a “racist” and is almost “exclusively responsible” for the alleged rise of “white nationalist hate” and “Islamophobia” in America. She tweeted that her critics were driven by “white supremacy,” which tries to destroy anyone who threatens its power: “Systems of white supremacy use conspiracies and lies to smear those that threaten their narratives and power. If that fails, they’ll use other means to eliminate their target.”

In an op-ed published shortly after her election, she blamed an alleged rise of hate crimes on President Trump and his supporters. She wrote that what gave her “hope and optimism” despite Mr. Trump’s “culture of intolerance” is the “the diversity and inclusivity of this new crop of lawmakers.”

In December, Rep. Omar argued “white supremacy” and the “far-right” are the real terror threats to America, and connected them to the Sandy Hook school shooting. She tweeted: “We have to find the root causes of domestic terrorism. We need gun reform to keep innocents safe. We need to be honest about how social media has made it easier to radicalize young men. And we need to talk about how white supremacy, sexism & racism perpetuate the problem.”

Earlier in 2018, Rep. Omar claimed that the “proliferation of white nationalist websites” is a national security threat and implied the government should do something about it. Now, she is part of the government.

The first Somali congresswoman doesn’t seem interested in her white constituents. When asked by a reporter how she will best represent white people, Rep. Omar retorted that whites are never asked how they will represent non-whites — an absurd claim — and said she hoped the question would never be brought up again.

Rep. Omar is a strong supporter of immigration policies that would allow more people like her into the country. Her campaign platform called for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), opposed any efforts to secure the border, backed sanctuary cities, and said she would “[f]ight back against the criminalization of immigration and crossing the border.” This last item sounds like a call to let anyone in.

Of course, Rep. Omar wants citizenship for all illegals in America, as well as green cards for everyone here under Temporary Protected Status. She wants to hike the number of refugees and asylum seekers to be admitted.

In 2016, the then-state representative pleaded for compassion for a fellow Somali who was convicted of trying to join ISIS: “[P]unitive measures not only lack efficacy, they inevitably create an environment in which extremism can flourish.” She argued that the ISIS recruit “chose violence to combat direct marginalization” of the kind he suffered in the United State. A tough prison sentence would only marginalize more Somalis and drive them into the arms of ISIS.

When Abdirahman Yasin Daud explained his motives at trial, he said nothing about “marginalization:” “I was not going there to pass out medical kits or food. I was going strictly to fight and kill on behalf of the Islamic State.” He got 30 years.

Minnesota has sent more fighters to ISIS than any other state, and nearly all of them have been Somalis.

In 2009, before she was even a state rep, Miss Omar married someone news reports call her “alleged brother.” This appears to have been a fake marriage for the purpose of immigration fraud and student loan fraud. She denied this during the campaign, but refused to produce documents that support her side of the story.

Ilhan Omar is not “uniquely American.” She is profoundly alien to everything our ancestors took for granted. This is why she found a welcome place in a Democratic Party that wants open borders and sees white men as America’s greatest threat.