Readers Praise Star Tribune Article Describing Omar’s Possible Immigration Fraud

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.

The “Macabre Intersectionality” of David Duke’s Proclaimed Support for Ilhan Omar

“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.

Ariel Ben Solomon, “Supremacists, jihadis form ‘2-pronged attack’ threatening Jews in US“, Israel Hayom, June 27, 2019
Politics makes strange bedfellows. White supremacist David Duke, posing here in a 1978 photo, hates blacks, Jews and Israel. Omar hates Israel and makes snide remarks about Jews. Thus, Duke, while remaining a racist, supports Omar.

Sen. Grassley Criticizes Omar’s Regressive Plan to Forgive the College Debts of High-Income Borrowers

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.”

Robin Opsahl, “Iowa Politics Newsletter: First 10 candidates take the stage in Miami“, Des Moines Register, June 27, 2019


Elizabeth Warren is now surging past Bernie Sanders in the polls to become the number two contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Her plan to forgive student loans includes a means test. That means that high-earners such as college debtor Ilhan Oman, who makes $174,000 per year, would not be eligible to have their loans forgiven. It is no surprise that Omar’s version of student loan forgiveness has no means test. Omar’s version of college debt relief forgives Omar’s own college loans.

Why does Omar want taxpayers to pay off her own student loan? It’s absurd to think that Omar could not pay back the loans herself. The answer is simple: enlightened self-interest.

Well-Wisher Congratulates a Dancing Omar on the Anniversary of her Wedding to her Half-Brother Elmi

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.

Prince’s Purple Rain sold more, but Love’s Forever Changes, released in 1967, was one of the greatest albums of all time. My favorite lyric from the album is “The news today will be the movies for tomorrow.” Forever Changes produced a minor Top 40 hit, “Alone Again Or’ the next year.

Omar Proposes That the Government Pay Off the Student Loans of High-Income Debtors Such as Herself

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?

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy cowrote the song “Money (That’s What I Want)”, a song later covered by The Beatles. It should be Omar’s theme song. A Minnesota state agency found that Omar diverted campaign funds to her own personal use. Plus her regressive proposal to forgive all student debt with no means test benefits high-income student debtors such as herself.

At Congressional Hearing, Omar Mocks Blacks Who Oppose Legalized Abortion

Mahan and Fields conveyed how they rejected abortion, how they married, struggled, home-schooled their children, and are now proud parents of children with university degrees.

Rather than holding up Fields’ story of faith and courage as a shining example of what works, Omar mocked her.

“[We] hear someone say, ‘It was a choice made—up to me, to have my children and not be like other black people … We don’t get to have those kinds of conversations,” said Omar.

Star Parker, “Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Ideological Attacks on 2 Christian Pastors“, Daily Signal, June 26, 2019
Omar should explain what she meant when she said “not be like other black people”. Is she saying that black people get more abortions than other people?

MN Democratic Party Failed to Vet Omar Before Choosing Her

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

Mystery Robocalls Poll MN-5 Residents About a Potential Primary Challenge to Omar

After Omar’s antisemitism scandal broke, Minneapolis Vice-Mayor Andrea Jenkins expressed her full support for Omar. Jenkins even promised to donate to Omar’s 2020 campaign. It may be that this polling is simply using Jenkins’ name but that the intended candidate, if she exists, is someone else.

It would be welcome news indeed if this poll is on behalf of Democratic opponents of Omar. Every day the news about Omar gets worse and worse. Her joint proposal with Bernie Sanders to forgive all student debt, even for wealthy doctors, is grossly misguided.