It’s not that the left played the race card and the Islamophobic card in defense of anti-Semitic Rep. Omar Ilhan, D-Minn. – after all, that’s what they do – it’s that it took them this long to do it that’s so surprising.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., the newly-elected Palestinian-American who infamously called President Donald Trump a mother f–ker,” appeared Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” to say Omar is an easy target because she’s a black Muslim woman.
Omar, a Somali refugee with a history of anti-Semitic remarks, and Tlaib are the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress — they are both hard left progressives and both seem to bounce from one controversy to the next.
Citing a “double standard” in Congress, Tlaib claimed that Islamophobia “is still very present on both sides of the aisle.”
Anchor Jake Tapper asked Tlaib if her fellow Democrats, to include Speaker Nancy Pelosi, were prejudiced by bigotry in criticizing Omar’s controversial remarks.
“I think she becomes an easier target, is what I’m trying to say,” Tlaib said. “I don’t understand why some others can say similar, probably things that could be said to be anti-Semitic, that are not being held to the same standard. That’s what I’m saying.”
(Is she unknowingly acknowledging that Omar’s remarks are anti-Semitic?)
Being women of color, Tlaib clearly sees her and Omar as the real victims here, even suggesting that her fellow members of Congress “have never met a Muslim before.”
“So, I just want to be able to say when we uplift people like Ilhan and others and say we need more people like us to run for office, I realize again our mere presence being there, understanding that for many, they have never met a Muslim before.”
She also said that it’s a factor that they’re “women of color that are very vocal against human rights violations, especially in the country of Israel or even Saudi Arabia.”
“And I think we just become an easier target for folks,” Tlaib told Tapper.
“And that’s what worries me, is that I don’t understand why others can say something probably as worse and probably stemmed on white supremacy… can get away with it but then Ilhan, who is really coming from a place of disagreeing with the policies of the country of Israel — where my grandmother lives currently right now with inequality, is not treated with any human dignity,” she continued.
“That if [Omar] speaks up, that it’s seen and again because she’s Muslim and because she’s black, she’s an easier target for them to attack and target.”
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