Omar’s Defenders Use Classic Identity Politics as a Shield

While it’s true that Trump and conservative media dedicate quite a bit of airtime to Omar and to her friend and ally Ocasio-Cortez, it’s the Democrats and the media who have been working overtime to elevate their voices.


It wasn’t Trump who put Omar in Vanity Fair, labeled her one of “politics’ new power players,” and called her “ready to fight.” It wasn’t Trump who put her on the cover of Rolling Stone as “one of the women shaping the future.” And if she’s really so marginal in Democratic politics, why is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi right there in that same Rolling Stone picture, standing beside Omar and Ocasio-Cortez?

In reality, Democrats are following a classic identity-politics playbook, using identity as both sword and shield. 

David French, “To Defend Ilhan Omar, Democrats Use Identity Politics as a Shield“, National Review, April 15, 2019