Campaign contributions made by Rep. Ilhan Omar have reportedly been quietly rejected by at least two Democrats.
Donations made by the Minnesota Democrat to the campaigns of Georgia Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath and Democratic politician Dan McCready were turned away or refunded according to some reports on Wednesday, though largely ignored by the mainstream media.
McCready, a candidate for North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, received a campaign donation from Omar back in November ahead of the 2018 midterms. He refunded the $2,000 to Omar in March, according to WSOC-TV. The race, which was recalled due to accusations of absentee ballot fraud after Election Day, still has not declared a winner.
NEW: Dan McCready has refunded a $2000 donation from Rep. Ilhan Omar. A spokesperson for McCready tells me Dan believes there is no place for divisiveness in politics and he didn’t feel it was appropriate to accept the donation #NC09 #ncpol @wsoctv
— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) April 17, 2019
McCready returned the contribution because he “believes there is no place for divisiveness in politics,” and that “he didn’t feel it was appropriate to accept the donation,” according to the Democrat’s spokesperson.
Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop, who is running against McCready, blasted his opponent for accepting Omar’s contribution and then taking so long to return it.
— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) April 17, 2019
Dude, you can’t have it both ways on this one.
— Sen. Dan Bishop (@jdanbishop) April 18, 2019
Omar’s many controversies since she took office in January apparently factored into McCready’s decision as it did that of McBath, who rejected a $2,000 contribution from the freshman congresswoman. That contribution was initially not disclosed in quarterly fundraising reports by the Georgia Democrat’s reelection campaign, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
McBath’s campaign explained to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, however, that the donation was not reported because it was rejected.
“McBath’s rejection of the donation is more important than it may sound,” the news outlet noted, pointing out that Georgia’s sixth district “has a significant Jewish population.”
Connecticut Rep. Jahana Hayes also received a contribution from Omar which has not been refunded. However, after the Free Beacon noted that the Democrat did not disclose the contribution, her campaign explained that it was “absolutely not” an effort to keep it hidden and the donation would be reported in the next fundraising report.
Omar also donated to the campaigns of her Democratic colleagues, Reps. Lauren Underwood of Illinois and Michigan’s Haley Stevens who both accepted and reported the contributions, according to the Free Beacon.
According to a Federal Election Commission report filed Monday, Omar has pulled in over $800,000 in her first quarter fundraising, making her among the top-earning House Democrats despite the controversies that have kept her in the headlines and sparked heated backlash since she took office.
The liberal media, obsessing over the impending release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, offered no coverage of Omar’s contribution rejections by Democrats.
— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) April 18, 2019
Although she has come under fire for her many incendiary comments about Israel, and the U.S. support of the nation, she has been staunchly defended by the left against the criticism. President Trump was blasted as well for denouncing her comments at a CAIR meeting in California last month as she characterized the 9/11 terror attack on the United States as “some people did something.”
Trump’s tweet, declaring “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!” has been viewed over 10 million times and sparked hysteria from the left accusing the president of inciting violence against Omar. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded Trump take down his video post amid claims that Omar, a Somali refugee, is facing death threats.
The president had no regrets about his harsh criticism of the Muslim lawmaker.
“She’s been very disrespectful to this country,” Trump told a reporter in Omar’s home state of Minnesota on Monday. “She’s been very disrespectful, frankly, to Israel. She’s somebody that doesn’t really understand life. Real life. What it’s all about.”
“It’s unfortunate,” he added. “She’s got a way about her that’s very, very bad, I think, for our country. I think she’s extremely unpatriotic and extremely disrespectful to our country.”
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