Playing the role they have been programmed to play, (victims) the radical progressive “squad” of freshman Democratic lawmakers held a news conference Monday to react to President Donald Trump calling them out for their contempt for America.
And while that spectacle went as you might expect, there was a interesting moment when Rep. Ilham Omar was asked specifically about criticism from Trump that she’s pro-al Qaeda.
A simple repudiation of the terrorist group would have dismissed the assertion and moved things along to the next question, but Omar, a Somali refugee and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, refused to do that.
“I will not dignify it with an answer because I know that every single Islamophobe, every single person who is hateful, who is driven by an ideology of ‘othering’ as this president is, rejoices in us responding to that and us defending ourselves,” she said.
Instead of denouncing al Qaeda, Omar flipped the script and made it about white men.
“I do not expect every time there is a white supremacist who attacks,” she continued, “or there is a white man who kills in a school or in a movie theater, or in a mosque, or in a synagogue, I don’t expect my white community members to respond on whether they love that person or not.”
“And so I think it is beyond time, it is beyond time to ask Muslims to condemn terrorists,” Omar said. “We are no longer going to allow the dignification of such ridiculous — ridiculous statement.”
While Democrats and their media allies make Trump’s remarks against the radical freshman four about race, he was responding to their contempt for America, making it clear that they are in no position to be lecturing others on how to run the country.
And the president stayed on the offensive in that regard, posting a number of tweets, including one that referenced past remarks from Omar on al Qaeda.
Trump made the same observation while speaking with reporters on Monday.
“I mean, I look at the one, I look at Omar, I don’t know her, I never met her,” he said. “I hear the way she talks about al Qaeda. Al Qaeda has killed many Americans. She said you could hold your chest out. When I think of America, ugh. When I think of al Qaeda, I can hold my chest out. When she talked about the World Trade Center being knocked down, some people, you remember the famous ‘some people.’ These are people that, in my opinion, hate our country.”
“You have somebody that comes from Somalia — which is a failed government, a failed state — who left Somalia,” he would later add. “Who ultimately came here, and now is a congresswoman who’s never happy. [She] says horrible things about Israel — hates Israel, hates Jews. Hates Jews. It’s very simple.”
Fox News’ Chad Pergram asked Omar about Trump’s remarks of about her hating America and she responded by characterizing it as “complete hypocrisy,” saying that Trump ran on a focus of what’s “wrong” with the United States with the vow to make America great again.
“Every single statement that we make is from a place of extreme love for every single person in this country,” Omar said. “It is part of the mandate of why we ran for office and why we got elected.”
President Trump appeared to be referencing a 2013 interview Omar did where she appears to mock the fear some Americans have for al Qaeda.
As for the “some people” assertion, while speaking at a Council on American-Islamic Relations fundraiser in March, Omar was talking about why the pro-Muslim advocacy group was formed when she referenced the attack on September, 11, 2001.
She received much criticism for how she referred to the Islamic terrorists who were responsible for that deadly attack — and was wrong about when CAIR was formed.
“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,” Omar said.
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