First-term Rep Ilhan Omar is now alienating her fellow Democrats by calling out former President Barack Obama. In a recent interview with Politico Magazine, Omar surprisingly told her interviewer that, “We can’t be only upset with Trump.”
“His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was,” Omar said.
“And that’s not what we should be looking for anymore. We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile.”
Omar is still embroiled in controversy reguarding comments that many considered anti-Semetic, concerning “dual-loyalties” among Americans who support Israel.
“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” Omar said according to Fox News.
“I want to ask why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, of fossil fuel industries, or big pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying movement that is influencing policy.”
New York’s Rep. Nita Lowey, who has stood up for Omar, after a poster in the West Virginia statehouse linked Omar to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, pushed back against Omar’s comments in a tweet on Saturday:
“Gross islamophobic stereotypes – like those about @IlhanMN recently featured on posters in WVA – are offensive and have no place in political discourse. Anti-Semitic tropes that accuse Jews of dual loyalty are equally painful and must also be roundly condemned,” Lowey tweeted.
“Lawmakers must be able to debate w/o prejudice or bigotry. I am saddened that Rep. Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel.
I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful.”
Lawmakers must be able to debate w/o prejudice or bigotry. I am saddened that Rep. Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel. I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful.
— Nita Lowey (@NitaLowey) March 2, 2019