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Democrat Rep Omar Accused Of Racism When ‘White Men’ Comments Resurface

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Michigan Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar has made some people furious after comments she made about white men came back to haunt her.

The Democrat and “Squad” member appeared on Al Jazeera for an interview where she said that people should be frightened of “white men.”

The interview was from 2019 but made the rounds again this week when it was shared by popular Twitter user End Wokeness.

“I would say our country should be more fearful of white men across our country because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country,” she said in the interview.

Politifact put the comments in context with the interview.

Interviewer Mehdi Hasan: “Within just a few days of taking office President Trump brought in his infamous travel ban, the Muslim ban. You are not just a Muslim immigrant to the United States, you are a former Muslim refugee who is from one of the countries on the banned list: Somalia. Do you think President Trump doesn’t want people like you in the country because he says it’s not personal, its national security?’”

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Omar: “If we were really being honest about what could be masqueraded as a national security issue we know that no one from any of these countries has ever posed a threat within this country. And so we know that for him and his supporters this is just a political football, and they are using our communities and people who look like me as leverage.”

Later in the interview, Hasan asked her about terrorism.

Hasan: “A lot of conservatives in particular would say that the rise of Islamophobia is the result not of hate but of fear — a legitimate fear they say of ‘jihadist terrorism’ whether it’s Fort Hood or San Bernandino or the recent truck attack in New York. What do you say to them?”

Here is her full answer (we put the portion that was cut in the Twitter video in bold):

Omar: “I would say our country should be more fearful of white men across our country, because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country. And so if fear was the driving force of policies to keep America safe, Americans safe inside of this country, we should be profiling, monitoring and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men.”

Omar is no stranger to controversy and recently she boycotted an appearance of the President  of Israel when he spoke to Congress.

“There is no way in hell I am attending the joint session address from a President whose country has banned me and denied @RashidaTlaib the ability to see her grandma,” she said on Twitter.

“WE SHOULD NOT BE INVITING THE PRESIDENT OF ISRAEL—A GOVERNMENT WHO UNDER ITS CURRENT PRIME MINISTER BARRED THE FIRST TWO MUSLIM WOMEN ELECTED TO CONGRESS FROM VISITING THE COUNTRY—TO GIVE A JOINT ADDRESS TO CONGRESS,” she said.

“Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s address comes on behalf of the most right wing government in Israel’s history, at a time when the government is openly promising to ‘crush’ Palestinian hopes of statehood—essentially putting a nail in the coffin of peace and a two-state solution,” the representative said.

“It comes as extreme right wing Israeli cabinet members directly attack President Biden, saying Israel is ‘no longer a star’ on the US flag,” the representative said.

“It also comes as the Israeli government is pushing through what legal experts describe as a judicial coup to centralize power and undermine checks on their power, prompting months of mass demonstrations against the government throughout Israel,” she said in the lengthy thread.

“And above all, it comes during the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank in history, immediately following Israel’s largest incursion into the occupied West Bank in two decades, one that flattened city blocks, and killed at least a dozen people,” she said.

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“Human rights groups, legal experts, and most of the international community has condemned the increasing violations of international law and human rights.

“These are all deeply concerning trends—especially considering the fact that we provide Israel with nearly $4 billion in annual military aid,” the representative said.

“It is also not lost on me that the last time an Israeli leader was invited to give a joint address to Congress, he openly defied President Barack Obama and attacked his Middle East policy from the House Chamber.

“While executive power in Israel is vested in the Prime Minister and his cabinet, the president as head of state as traditionally served as a ‘faithful policy ambassador’ for the government in charge,” she said.

“Last month, I opposed the invitation for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a joint session based on his government’s human rights record. And this month I will not attend a similar address from Israeli President Isaac Herzog.,” the representative said.

“The United States can and should use its diplomatic tools to engage with the Israeli government, but giving the current government the honor of a joint televised address sends the absolute wrong signal at the wrong time,” she said.

She was met with scorn from many conservatives and Jewish people who accused her of antisemitism. It came after Rep. Pramila Jayapal accused Israel of being a “racist” state.

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