Fox News host Pete Hegseth clapped back at U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Wednesday after she ripped him as a racist in a back-and-forth which began a day earlier when he accused her of being ungrateful after being given asylum in the U.S.
During a Tuesday monologue on “Fox Primetime,” Hegseth, a U.S. Army veteran who served multiple tours overseas, began by talking about an Iraqi Muslim man whom he fought alongside with being permitted to resettle in the United States and making the most of his opportunity after settling in Houston, Texas.
Noting that his Iraqi friend and his family were extremely grateful for being given a chance to make a successful life in the U.S., Hegseth compared his experiences and love for America with Omar, who was granted asylum in the U.S. so she could escape her war-torn home country of Somalia.
Hegseth’s remarks about Omar were in conjunction with criticism of President Joe Biden’s decision to buckle under pressure from the Democratic left and agree to dramatically raise the annual number of refugees the U.S. would accept to 125,000 — the most ever — beginning next year.
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“Globalist Joe… loves Ilhan Omar, which underscores why his refugee move yesterday is so dangerous,” Hegseth said, adding that Omar was a refugee who spent four years in a camp in Kenya before being given asylum in the U.S. and graduating high school in Minneapolis.
Omar went on to attend college “in North Dakota, and secured a prestigious policy fellowship at the University of Minnesota,” said Hegseth before pointing out that she has regularly complained about her adopted country.
“Congresswoman Omar has chosen to return American goodwill with grievance, not gratitude,” he said. “You’ve heard her: She views her time in Somalia as ‘blissful’ while criticizing the United States as ‘racist,’ ‘oppressive,’ and ‘torturous.’
Omar responded in a manner reminiscent of Hegseth’s observations on Tuesday.
“America lets people like Pete make a living out of being racist,” she tweeted. “Pete couldn’t make it to Congress because MN voters rejected him. Instead, MN welcomed & sent a former refugee to serve in Congress and fight to uplift those who live on the margins of society.”
“That one stings. It’s not like you call someone a racist every day,” Hegseth said in response, showing several screen grabs of tweets of Omar’s frequent use of the term. “Oh, wait…that’s kinda your thing, isn’t it?”
“Right. I make a pro-America argument for Americans of all races and all faiths, including Muslims, and I’m a racist. Got it. And ‘some people did something’ too, right?” he said, referencing a highly controversial statement Omar made in reference to the 9/11 attackers.
Hegseth went on to note that Omar was right about Minnesota voters rejecting him, noting that a decade ago he got “crushed” when he ran for the U.S. Senate in the state. But he said he considers the loss a blessing because at the time, despite multiple combat tours in Iraq, he would “have been a terrible senator.”
“I was young, I was politically out of touch, and I loved the establishment,” Hegseth continued, noting he “was really good at regurgitating scripted talking points.”
In the years since, Hegseth said he has learned more about “what was really being done to America by leftists like Ilhan Omar” after traveling the country and getting to know Americans from all walks of life and from different regions.
“Maybe if Ilhan Omar had taken the time to do the same thing, she wouldn’t be leading the anti-American caucus with her fellow so-called ‘Squad’ members in Congress,” he continued.
“And not for nothing, Omar is using my monologue to fundraise. You’re welcome, congresswoman,” Hegseth went on. “Some people might have some questions about where that money is going…or something.”
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