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Ilhan Omar turns on Obama after he cautions Democrats against doing “crazy stuff”

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Ilhan Omar turns on Obama after he cautions Democrats against doing “crazy stuff”

First-term Rep. Ilhan Omar is once again calling out former President Barack Obama, calling him not liberal enough as part of a recent viral campaign which was started after he cautioned his fellow Democrats about moving too far to the left.

Fox News reported that the former president has been the subject of a save of criticism from the far left after his comments on Friday in which he warned 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, asking them to pay attention to what their voters actually think. Obama said in front of a group of Democratic donors that most of them don’t want to “tear down the system” and that many Democrats “just don’t want to see crazy stuff.” Members of his party soon turned on him, using the hashtag #TooFarLeft.

His comments were met with derision from many, including former Clinton advisor Peter Daou:

“I’m #TooFarLeft because I want kids to be safe in school,” Daou said in an inflammatory tweet. “I’m #TooFarLeft because I want people to live in dignity. I’m #TooFarLeft because I seek justice and equality. I’m #TooFarLeft because I think healthcare and housing are human rights,” tweeted former Hillary Clinton adviser Peter Daou, who started the hashtag.”

The mantra quickly went viral and was used by other liberal Democrats Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar.

If being #TooFarLeft means believing:
✅ Healthcare is a human right
✅ Future generations should live on a healthy planet
✅ All student debt should be cancelled
✅ The minimum wage should be $15
✅ Lives depend on gun reform
✅ Families don’t belong in cages

Count me in! 💪🏽

However, this isn’t the first time that Omar has had harsh words for Obama, calling him out in an interview with Politico Magazine earlier in the year when she 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 regarding comments that many considered anti-Semitic, 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.

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“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.”

Written by Savannah Pointer.

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