Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar hurled an incendiary tweet at President Trump … as well as at the Minnesota Democrats who are working on finding a candidate to run against her next year in the primary election.
Her tweet reads: “I am sorry Mr. @realDonaldTrump. I am for real, you can’t #MuslimBan us from Congress!” The song paraphrases a disgusting rap song called “Ms. Jackson.”
In her short time on Capitol Hill, Omar has been perhaps the most controversial and polarizing political figure in Washington in memory. Her open antisemitism has torn open a seeping wound in the Democratic party, even as radical as the party has become as it moves a giant step to the left.
In Minnesota, there are reports that within her own congressional district, relations are straining between Muslim and Jewish populations due to her antagonizing attacks on Israel as well as on Jews in America.
As intended, Omar’s Sunday tweet has online supporters and detractors fired up. Pro-muslim forces in particular are using the #MuslimBan hashtag as a rallying cry. Critics, of course, point out that there is no Muslim ban.
On Thursday, Trump had retweeted an article from The Hill reporting Minnesota Democrats, just two months into her first term, are making efforts to recruit a candidate to run against Omar in the 2020 primary election. His retweet did not include a personal comment.
Among the many comments and actions that have sparked outrage in Minnesota and elsewhere, Omar has accused politicians who support Israel are doing so in return for financial support and that lobbyists are promoting “allegiance to a foreign country.” Critics say such comments are commonly used anti-Jewish metaphors.
Under pressure from her own party, Omar did issue a vague apology but then immediately returned to criticizing the relationship the U.S. has with Israel.
The term Muslim ban originally was caustically used by opponents in reference to the president’s travel ban he issued shortly after taking office. It aimed to prevent nationals from five Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. That ban was challenged in court. A subsequent version of the policy was upheld by the Supreme Court.
On Friday, the New Zealand mosque shootings took place. Through the weekend, Trump opponents have tried without success to lay blame on the president for anti-Muslim bigotry around the globe.
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