Ilhan Omar Finally Goes Too Far, Dems Take First Step to Remove Her From Congress
Advocates for the Armenian genocide resolution say that Rep. Ilhan Omar was the only House Democrat to vote against imposing sanctions against Turkey and one of only 14 lawmakers to not support a resolution recognizing the Ottoman empire’s genocide against Armenians.
Finally, Minnesota Democrats have had enough of her siding with tyrants and anti-Semitic comments and are now reportedly considering removing her from Congress via a primary challenge against her in the 2020 elections. The announcement came after a “bipartisan condemnation.” Currently, Minnesota stands as the state with the most Somali communities within the country. There are an estimated 100,000 Somalian-born immigrants living in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, according to Fox.
The co-chairman of a Turkish-American advocacy group with close ties to Ankara contributed $1,500 last month to the campaign for Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is under fire this week over votes she cast supporting Turkish government positions, campaign finance records show.
The Hill interviewed activists and officials who confirmed that they are done with her behavior. “There’s definitely some buzz going around about it, but it’s more a buzz of is anyone talking about finding someone to run against her than it is anyone saying they’re going to run against her or contemplate it,” explained Democratic Representative Ron Latz when interviewed by The Hill. “There’s definitely talk about people wanting someone to run against her.”
Fox reports, “Omar Jamal, a Somali community activist, told the Washington Post that he has been in touch with Jewish community leaders about Omar. He said he supported her campaign but called her recent comments, ‘wrong, period.’”
“This is up to Ilhan Omar,” he stated. “She has really spoken in a very dangerous way, and it’s going to be up to her to reach out to people and fix this.”
The executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of both Minnesota and the Dakotas, Steve Hunegs, stated, “Our community is exasperated by Rep. Omar’s unfulfilled promises to listen and learn from Jewish constituents while seemingly simultaneously finding another opportunity to make an anti-Semitic remark and insult our community.”
“Unfortunately, having the opportunity to speak with her about that point didn’t dissuade her making that statement,” Hunegs explained during in an interview with The Hill. “We were appalled.”
Omar has apologized for her comments and has support from her Democratic colleagues, although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised eyebrows earlier this month when she said the congresswoman “doesn’t understand” that some of the words she uses are “fraught with meaning.”
The changing demographics that contributed to Omar’s rise would also likely serve to buttress her 2020 bid. The Somali community grew in Minneapolis rapidly during the 1990s, when large numbers of Somalis fled a devastating civil war. The community has since grown with the addition of U.S.-born children of those refugees – as has the debate over the Somalis’ desire and ability to culturally assimilate.
The network explains, “The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is the center of the Somali community – and is fondly nicknamed “Little Mogadishu” – for its array of Somali-centered organizations, businesses, and mosques.”