A controversial Democrat freshman congresswoman, with a track record of extremist and anti-Semitic statements, is coming under fire for comments she made about a group of wannabe ISIS terrorists. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has been raising hackles since she started her run for Congress, and it seems her career will continue to be tainted by provocative comments.
Ilhan Omar became Minnesota’s first woman Representative in 2017, but it’s recently emerged that as a state representative she pleaded leniency for a group of would-be jihadis who had tried to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State.
- In 2015, nine Minnesota men were accused of plotting to travel illegally to Syria and join the islamist Islamic State group. Their offenses included buying fake passports; at least one of them openly admitted that his intentions weren’t honorable: “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.”
- Most of the men were found guilty of terrorism offenses and given long jail sentences – Abdirahman Yasin Daud, quoted above, was sentenced to 30 years. The sentences reflected the fact they were trying to join a murderous fascist group that’s already killed many Americans and is dedicated to overthrowing our way of life.
- However Omar didn’t agree. Along with several other local politicians, she wrote a letter to the judge arguing for more lenient sentences for these potential killers. Her main argument was an old liberal chestnut about harsh sentences encouraging radicalization.
- More worrying was how Omar described what ISIS are doing. She said, “ A long-term prison sentence for one who chose violence to combat direct marginalization is a statement that our justice system misunderstands the guilty.”
- ISIS aren’t using violence “to combat direct marginalization”. They’re using violence to brutally impose a fascist system of government on people who don’t want it, and their openly stated ambition is to export their theocratic nightmare to the entire world. Omar seems to think they’re fighting oppression, instead of spreading it.
- Omar has a track record of worrying remarks. Although her family is from Somalia, she’s strongly identified with Palestinian radicalism and has sent anti-Israel tweets. Some of her comments, and her support for the Boycott/Divest/Sanctions movement, have been strongly criticized by Jewish groups.
- The latest controversy related to Omar is her Twitter claim – now deleted – that President Trump is “backing a coup” in Venezuela. In fact Trump has joined several other world leaders in recognizing the elected head of the national assembly as Venezuela’s leader, instead of the unpopular socialist president Nicolas Maduro.