Brilliant front-page story on Omar. Too bad it’s several years too late.
TOM SHELTON, NEW BRIGHTON
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The Star Tribune article clearly lays out the deceitful acts of Omar, and she should be held accountable for them. My greater concern is with the DFL Party and its handling — or non-handling — of the matter.
It is certainly interesting that the DFL has not uttered one word about the allegations against its candidate. Should it have done a background check on their candidate? Yes. Did it? If not, it is a major failing. If it did check her background and ignored her actions, it is much worse.
How can the DFL believe anything she says or support anything she does? Has it even looked into the allegations of wrongdoing by Omar? If not, why not? Will it support her in the next election
Come on, DFL — what do you say?
WILLIAM HALLING, EDINA
Letters, Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 28, 2019
What does the DFL have to say about Omar’s history of illegal behavior, including diverting campaign funds to her personal use? Not much.
“We also found macabre intersectionality when the openly anti-Semitic David Duke praised Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), recognizing their kindred anti-Semitism,” said Carmon.
Carmon rejects the term “lone wolf” both for jihadists and white supremacists. Like wolves in nature, he said, terrorists, whether of the jihadist or white-supremacist varieties, live and work in packs – online packs in the terrorists’ case.
“There are major platforms catering to white supremacists, such as GAB, where the Pittsburgh shooter was active, and 8Chan, which pretends to be a regular site but in reality is a full-blown racist site inciting violence,” said Carmon.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley has one question for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and his House allies about their student debt forgiveness bill: “Where does that end?” The response comes after the Vermont senator, who is running for president, and freshman U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, and Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, introduced legislation that would cancel all student debt.
“It ought to be philosophically wrong for him to say that, because basically a minority of people take advantage of obtaining a degree,” Grassley said. “And he’s saying they should have their debt paid off by hardworking taxpayers.”
Purple Rain was OK. I bought it because I liked the song “When Doves Fly” which was deservedly a huge hit. Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, Love’s Forever Changes and Michael Jackson’s Thriller were better albums, however.
As a member of the US House of Representatives Omar earns $174,000 per year. How are Omar and other high-income debtors “held back from pursuing their dreams because of the student debt crisis” as she states?
Kudos to reporters J. Patrick Coolican and Stephen Montemayor for their well-written and detailed piece regarding U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar’s marriage history (“Omar’s past haunts her present,” June 23).
As a resident of the Fifth District, I am disgusted with the DFL leaders who chose and promoted Omar without enough vetting. I am progressive, but I don’t care who you are: If you lie, hide information, perform illegal acts … you do not belong in political office.
The man at the top of government (Donald J. Trump) has been instrumental in creating this culture of deceit and illegality, and the Republican Party has enabled this culture by not responding appropriately. Omar has been nothing but a lightning rod with her volatile comments that do nothing to serve the residents of the Fifth District. Enough already; clean up this mess. Find a legitimate, honest person to serve this district.
John M. Bell, Letters, Star Tribune, June 26, 2019