Ilhan Omar

Criticism of Ilhan Omar's anti-semitic comments are not incitements of violence, and liberals need to stop deflecting genuine criticisms of a public figure in office.  


Update 4/24/19 4:55 p.m.: This article has been updated. It originally referenced allegations against Rep. Omar and her brother that are not verified by reliable sources. These references have been removed.

When the blue wave hit Washington last November, I was disappointed that Republicans lost the House. However, I kept an open mind, and—with the rest of the country—I watched the green, new incumbents hit the floor with great interest.

I wanted to see if the new generation would reach across the aisle to talk and break the tyranny of party politics rather than deny and virtue-shame.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the results. America was instead met with racist agendas and unrealistic ideologies.

Over the past two years of Trump’s presidency, Republicans have tried to reach across the aisle and compromise; they were met with hostility and Democrats who would not budge. Champions of the progressive left, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (A.O.C.) and Ilhan Omar, have risen to the national stage for their extreme backlash against Republicans.

Rep. Omar’s recent comments have prompted me to shed light on the hypocrisy of the current Democratic party.

Her extreme anti-semitic views have failed to tarnish the pristine record of the Somali-American from Minnesota’s 5th district. Her most recent comment referring to the events of 9/11 as, “some people did something,” have prompted national outrage. 

Now, the left’s current platform is predicated on diversity, equality and political correctness. I can get behind that; equality for all people is something that conservatives can relate with and historically have fought for. Rep. Omar does not, neither do the Democrats. That scares me.

The hypocrisy shown by the left discredits everything in their cause and has led me to conclude that their agenda is: all lives matter, unless you’re white, male, conservative or Jewish.

The leftist movements of the 21st century have demonized white men, especially white men who identify as conservative.

Rep. Omar’s ties to Islamic terrorist groups are evident. Before you write me off as Islamophobic, here is a fact: she has huge ties to CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has relations with Hamas.

The co-founder and Executive Director of CAIR, Nihad Awad, had this to say at a conference in Florida at Barry University, 2004, “The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

I should note that Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood (the parent organization of Hamas, al Qaeda and ISIS) which, “seeks to implement sharia (Islamic law) under a global caliphate,” according to the Counter Extremism Project. Yeah, those guys, the guys that “did something,” that ran planes into the twin towers on 9/11, they were part of the Muslim Brotherhood, and so is Hamas.

They are not “some people;” they’re Islamic terrorists. They wish to wipe Israel off the map and hate Western ideologies. Hamas is designated as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” by the U.S., Israel, Canada, the E.U., Japan, Jordan and Egypt.

 So, you may be thinking, the association between CAIR, Hamas and the greater Muslim Brotherhood are undeniable, but where does Ilhan Omar fit into this? I’m not going to insinuate that she is an undercover operative or something crazy like that. But, she does do fundraising events for CAIR, as seen this year, where she was the keynote speaker. Some members of certain chapters, such as Zahra Billoo, director of the CAIR San Francisco chapter, have donated to Omar’s election campaigns.

Her campaign has also received funding from political action committee  CAIR-CA. Even if she is not implicated with CAIR’s affairs, the evidence proves she has aligned herself with them economically. So, my question is: why is the Democratic party continuing to endorse a candidate with obvious ties to a group that supports Islamic terrorism and anti-Semitism, and why have they appointed her to a position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee? Despite Omar’s anti-American and anti-Jewish affiliations, the Democrats apparently think it is wise to appoint her to a committee that can directly influence American foreign policy in the Middle East.

What really prompted this opinion piece was the Democrats' response to President Trump’s tweet following Omar’s comments at a recent CAIR fundraiser where she said, "some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” in reference to 9/11.

The Democrats responded to the video Trump posted on Twitter (which does not once call anyone to arms, but simply puts her words over clips of the 9/11 terrorist attacks) by saying it was an incitement to violence. Pelosi has been quoted as saying, “I don’t think that the congresswoman is anti-Semitic. I wouldn’t even put those in the same category,” and in the same interview when referencing the Democratic party as a whole, “It has no taint of that in the Democratic Party.”

Elizabeth Warren, A.O.C. and other progressives are furthering this claim of incitement to violence and turning the story back on conservatives.

Turning a blind eye to what is happening in your party is not only dangerous, it is hypocritical. You can dress up a donkey to look like a zebra, but at the end of the day it’s still a donkey — an anti-Semitic donkey.

This the opinion of William Donahue, a freshman political science major from La Verne, California. Tweet comments @LALoyolan, or email

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