Democrats are in complete lockstep with their defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar over her latest controversial outburst and that is especially the case with many of the contestants who are competing for the party’s presidential nomination next year.
Despite the simple fact that Omar just can’t keep her mouth shut and spare her party the indignity of having to defend her anti-Semitism and other insulting remarks, there is no distance between those seeking to run the country if they can beat President Trump.
The Somali-born freshman’s latest firestorm was set off when during a speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) which have been widely interpreted as being disrespectful if not dismissive to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
According to Omar:
“Here’s the truth: Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen. And frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it”
“CAIR was founded after 9/11, because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
She then doubled-down by trying to suggest that what she said was nothing that then-President George W. Bush didn’t say:
There is an unwritten rule in politics that “when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging” but Omar continues to ask for a bigger shovel and her bigotry and hatred for the country that took her in as a refugee continues to be enabled by top Democrats.
Several Democratic 2020 hopefuls have come out in defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar after the president and conservative media attacked her for comments they portrayed as minimizing the September 11 attacks https://t.co/JHyjk7Tvmt
— POLITICO (@politico) April 13, 2019
Several Democratic 2020 hopefuls have come out in defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) after conservative media and President Donald Trump attacked her for comments they portrayed as minimizing the September 11 attacks.
Omar has reportedly since received death threats for the remarks, but her fellow Democrats were quick to denounce Trump for going after Omar and taking the comment out of context.
“Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won’t back down to Trump’s racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted Friday.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren both condemned the attacks against Omar as not only dangerous for the congresswoman, but Muslims in the U.S. in general.
“President Trump’s inflammatory and dangerous rhetoric towards Ilhan Omar is jeopardizing her safety. He is deliberately putting her and all Muslim Americans in harm’s way,” Inslee tweeted Friday.
Warren also tweeted Friday in a similar vein: “The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion. It’s disgusting. It’s shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it.”
Whether Rep. Omar has actually received “death threats” as per the party talking points is likely viewed by many with appropriate skepticism in the aftermath of the Jussie Smollett hate hoax.
For two years, this President has used the most powerful platform in the world to sow hate & division. He's done it again. Putting the safety of a sitting member of Congress @IlhanMN at risk & vilifying a whole religion is beyond the pale. I'll be blunt — we must defeat him.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 13, 2019
Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won't back down to Trump's racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 13, 2019
The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion. It's disgusting. It's shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 13, 2019
After 9/11 we all said we were changed. That we were stronger and more united. That’s what “never forget” was about. Now, a president uses that dark day to incite his base against a member of Congress, as if for sport. As if we learned nothing that day about the workings of hate.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) April 13, 2019
We are stronger than this president’s hatred and Islamophobia. Do not let him drive us apart or make us afraid.
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) April 13, 2019
Someone has already been charged with a serious threat on Congresswoman Omar’s life. The video the President chose to send out today will only incite more hate. You can disagree with her words—as I have done before—but this video is wrong. Enough.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) April 13, 2019
And some chatter from the “kid’s table” field of candidates:
As a Senator who represents 9/11 victims, I can't accept any minimizing of that pain. But Trump's dangerous rhetoric against @IlhanMN is disgusting. It’s a false choice to suggest we can’t fight terrorism and reject Islamophobic hate at once—a president should do both.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) April 13, 2019
President Trump's inflammatory and dangerous rhetoric towards Ilhan Omar is jeopardizing her safety. He is deliberately putting her and all Muslim Americans in harm's way.
— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) April 13, 2019
The grandstanding is just more hypocrisy from the left who never expressed much outrage when a lunatic Bernie Sanders supporter attempted to massacre the entire Republican congressional baseball team when they were at practice in 2017 after he was pushed over the edge by Democrat and media hate mongering.
There should never be any doubt as to which side that these radicals are standing.