Pete Hegseth slams Omar’s ‘absurd’ appointment as vice chair of House Foreign Affairs Committee

Fox News personality Pete Hegseth railed against Rep. Ilhan Omar’s appointment as vice-chair of a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee, given what he described as her frequent criticism of U.S. policies.

“The idea that Ilhan Omar is even on the foreign affairs, foreign relations committee, is absurd. Now she’s a vice-chair of a subcommittee … This is the modern-day Democrat Party – anti-Americanism writ large,” Hegseth, a native of Omar’s state of Minnesota and a former Army National Guard officer, told colleague Mark Steyn Friday evening.

 

“It’s kind of like if [Rep.] Eric Swalwell of Fang Fang fame was on the Intel Committee,” Hegseth continued, referencing the California Democrat’s reported former relationship with a Chinese spy. “Oh wait, he is, isn’t he?”

Omar, 38, who is a Muslim, was appointed vice-chair of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa and Global Human Rights Issues. A native of Somalia, she came to the U.S. as a teenager and became a naturalized citizen.

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She has often been criticized for taking positions that her critics say run counter to current U.S. foreign policy, especially when it comes to Israel. She has also regularly come under fire for making anti-Semitic comments, and for saying “some people did something” in reference to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S.

In recounting that statement, Hegseth also noted she made remarks appearing to disparage the U.S. regarding the “Black Hawk down” battle in Mogadishu involving U.S. troops and rebels and her “all about the Benjamins” quote about support for Israel.

“We know who she is. … Her view of foreign policy is, it’s all Jewish-financed American imperialism. We’re the problem in the world,” Hegseth told Steyn on “Fox News Primetime.

The host said he found it remarkable that Omar has managed to succeed in her adopted country and even win a seat in the U.S. Congress but has a history of “denigrating” the United States.

“Minnesota welcomed her, housed her, fed her, educated her, empowered her, elevated her and then elected her, and ultimately when she sees the United States, she sees a racist, oppressive or torturous country. When she looks back at Somalia, it’s blissful. Those are her words, not mine,” Hegseth, who co-hosts the weekend editions of “Fox & Friends,” said. 

“And unfortunately … her district in Minnesota has sent more of its residents to go fight with ISIS, on their side, than any other district in America. … So she’s got a little bit of a terrorism problem in her backyard that she hasn’t addressed. But you can ‘fail up’ in the United States House – and get a vice chairmanship,” he added.

Others have opposed Omar’s appointment, including Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas), who unveiled a measure earlier this month to have her removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee as Democrats sought to remove freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from her committee assignments over past comments she has made.

“If the Democrat Majority wants to go down this road, they should start by dealing with their own members who have been at this before and AFTER their election to Congress,” Babin noted on Twitter in a post that included screengrabs of Omar’s past statements.

In a statement obtained by The Hill, Babin called the proposal to remove Greene — which was ultimately successful — “a farce and a shame.”

“For literally centuries, the majority in the House – whether that be Republican or Democrat – has always allowed the minority to choose from their ranks who will sit on as many committee seats as they are allotted for that Congress,” Babin noted. 

“The action put forth by this resolution would shatter that precedent, and even many Democrats are rightly concerned about doing so,” he added. “If they aren’t speaking out, it’s only because they fear retribution and punishment by the Speaker and her allies.”

Jon Dougherty

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