‘Excuse me, do I not exist?’ ‘Ingraham Angle’ segment with ‘Muslim reformer’ gets intense over Ilhan Omar

After diminishing the 9/11 terrorist attack on America, Rep. Ilham Omar, D-Minn, finds herself at the center of yet another firestorm, and a segment on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” showed firsthand just how heated the political debate has become in America with the radical left fully at the helm of the Democrat Party.

Asra Nomani, founder of the Muslim Reform Movement organization, was a guest and she provided a harsh dose of reality, from her perspective, on what is happening in the Muslim community.

This take didn’t appear to sit well with fellow panelist Qasim Rashid, a Democratic candidate for the Virginia State Senate

“What [Omar] said was completely callous and insensitive, and I have to tell you, as a Muslim who has grown up in America, what she said is typical. It’s typical of what we hear in our living rooms and in our mosques; the denial and obfuscation of tragedies that are expressed because of an extremist interpretation of Islam,” Nomani said.


“What’s happening now is you all are getting to see it in prime time,” she continued. “You’re getting to live what we endure every day with denials, a turning of the table, the victim card.”

Nomani also noted that Omar was wrong in saying the Council on American-Islamic Relations was founded after 9/11, adding that it’s “agenda to push a victimization of Muslims did begin after 9/11 because they didn’t want to deal with the number one problem that we face in our Muslim community: the extremism.”

While speaking at a CAIR fundraiser last month, Omar was commenting on why the Muslim advocacy group was formed and said: “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.”

Rashid set the tone when he entered the discussion, addressing Nomani in the third person as if she wasn’t present, telling host Laura Ingraham that his “colleague” must be going to the wrong mosque.

And while he acknowledged that 9/11 was a terrorist attack, Rashid defended Omar’s remark.

“What Rep. Omar was clearly saying was that it, when we talk about the civil liberties being taken away, there were people in the U.S. government taking away civil liberties.”

When Nomani tried to interject a thought, Rashid was quick to shut her down, telling her he didn’t interrupt her remarks.

He said his brother was in the Marines when  9/11 happened and saw it as his duty to fight for his country, Rashid claimed he was still “profiled” and “taken off planes.”

Nomani had to fight her way into the discussion and when she did get the floor she said, ” I don’t need to go to a mosque in order to see the kind of denial that we hear, I have it right in front of me.”

She said it while gesturing to Rashid, and then fell back on previous statements from him to say, “You said very recently that jihad is only means a holy struggle.”

“Where did I say that?” he asked.

After she read his remarks from her notes, Rashid said, “Right it permits self-defense.”

With a bit of dramatic flair, he then turned his back on Nomani to speak to Ingraham: “When people are killing Christians, Islam permits Muslims to fight against terrorism–”

“Could you stop turning your back on me?” Nomani said. “I’m not sure why he keeps turning his back on me.”

Ingraham also interjected to ask Rashid, “Why are you turning your back on her?”

While Rashid justified his actions by telling Ingraham he was speaking to her, the dismissive behavior continued after the Fox News host played another clip of Omar mocking Americans for being apprehensive about al-Qaeda.

“Excuse me, do I not exist?” Nomani stated, after again trying to participate in the discussion.



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