Opinion Ilhan Omar’s Tired ‘Islamophobia’ Act
Kevin McCarthy won't let go of the GOP's smear campaign against Ilhan Omar, but Democrats have moved on
McCarthy called for Omar's removal from the House Foreign Affairs committee, adding to the GOP's latest attacks on the Minnesota lawmaker.McCarthy urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to strip Omar from the committee based on what he described as "anti-Semitic" and "anti-American" language from the Minnesota lawmaker.
Every time Ilhan Omar says something incendiary and/or idiotic — which is quite often — the fallout unfolds in the same way.
First, Omar and her allies smear her critics. After a sad gaggle of Jewish House Democrats finally wrote a tepid letterthe congresswoman to pretty please “clarify” her comments comparing Israel and the United States to the Taliban and Hamas, Omar took to Twitter to accuse them of using “islamophobic tropes.” Her spokesperson, Jeremy Slevin, claimed that the letter illustrated that “Islamophobia is a normalized part of American political discourse” — , the contention that Omar’s likening of militants who target civilians to those who defend them gives “cover to terrorist groups.” Others, such as her colleague Cori Bush, an end to “anti-Blackness and Islamophobia.”
Hamas 'Deplores' Rep. Ilhan Omar's Comparison of U.S., Israel to Their Mission
"We deplore this unfair combination that is contrary to justice and international law," the Hamas website stated.Hamas on Friday, while praising Omar's stance in "defending justice," chastised her for comparing their group to the U.S. and Israel.
Second, Omar plays the victim to chill speech. “This is the kind of incitement and hate that leads to real violence,” Omar noted,a recording of an odious racist threat that was left, presumably, in her voicemail. Of course, simply because there are terrible people in the world, doesn’t change Omar’s words. It is imperative, in fact, that we don’t let some nuts undercut our ability to freely express our political disagreements — which is what Omar is trying to do. And, if we are going to start holding politicians responsible for the actions of third parties, then Omar has a lot of answering to do for the spike in anti-Semitic violence last month.
Then again, her Democratic colleagues never accused Omar of blood libel or of hypnotizing the world for evil. They merely asked her to explain her own statement. It’s certainly not “Islamophobic” to seek clarification for why she believes the Taliban and the United States are morally comparable. It’s a simple question. Surely, Omar, who believes the U.S.“founded by genocide” and built its power through “neocolonialism,” has some Marxist drivel to share on the topic. And if Omar can’t explain herself, perhaps a reporter will take a short break from the Marjorie Taylor-Greene beat to see what Nancy Pelsoi thinks of the statement. But, whatever the case, being an African-American Muslim woman doesn’t give Omar dispensation from debate or immunity from criticism. At least, not yet.
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It’s striking how rapidly things have changed since January 2019. © Provided by Washington Examiner Back then, congressional Democrats still felt empowered to stigmatize leftist extremism, including open antisemitism. That month saw Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, so repulsed by the Women’s March leadership’s overt antisemitism that she penned an op-ed about why she wouldn’t march with them (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did). Rep. Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat, publicly called out antisemitism from then-new Rep.
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