Ilhan Omar’s Latest ‘Controversy’? She Stated a Fact.

Whether its Republicans or corporate Democrats alike, everyone seems to have a problem with the the progressive democrat from Minnesota.

Lauren Elizabeth

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Among all the members of the “squad” of progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives, few face as much pointless criticism from Republicans and corporate Democrats alike then Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Recently, Omar came under fire for a tweet in which she highlighted her line of questioning towards Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

In a tweet where she attached her line of questioning for Secretary Blinken, Omar wrote in the caption:

“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice.”

Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for the right wing to pounce, and for Democratic congressional leadership to join in with them in response to a tweet where they accused her of equating the United States and Israel to terrorist organizations. Accusations that were launched against her for no other reason than her willingness to point out the irrefutable truth.

It didn’t take long for Democratic leadership including Nancy Pelosi to release a joint statement, accusing Omar of making “false equivalencies” and urging her to “clarify” her remarks.

Omar, of course, had an answer to the statement, writing:

“It’s shameful for colleagues who call me when they need my support to now put out a statement asking for “clarification” and not just call. The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable. Citing an open case against Israel, US, Hamas & Taliban in the ICC isn’t comparison or from “deeply seated prejudice”. You might try to undermine these investigations or deny justice to…

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx