After some banter with Tharwat, she continued, “You don’t say ‘America’ with an intensity, you don’t say ‘England’ with an intensity, you know, you don’t say ‘the army’ with an intensity. But you say these names because you want that word to carry weight.
She concluded: “So yes, a lot of it is deluded, I think. When you hear a lot of people speaking in Arabic, you know, suspicion arises.”
It is possible to argue that Omar was making light of al Qaeda’s crimes in suggesting that its name itself is what makes people recoil, or that she was implying that there is an equivalence between al Qaeda and the US army. But accusing her of praising al Qaeda is simply inaccurate.Daniel Dale and Sarah Westwood, “Fact check: Trump falsely accuses Ilhan Omar of praising al Qaeda“, CNN, July 15, 2019
“I think that is a product of the sensationalized media,” Ms. Omar responded. “You have these sound bites and these words, and everybody says it with such intensity so it must mean or hold a bigger meaning.”
She then described, while laughing, her experience taking a class about the ideology of terrorism in college and “every time the professor said Al Qaeda, he sort of like — his shoulders went up.”
“You don’t say ‘America’ with an intensity,” she said, commenting on what she believed the professor’s body language was conveying in referring to Al Qaeda. “You don’t say ‘England’ with an intensity. You don’t say ‘the army’ with an intensity. But you say these names because you want that word to carry weight. You want it to leave something.”Linda Qiu, “Trump Falsely Accuses Ilhan Omar of Proclaiming ‘How Great Al Qaeda Is’“, New York Times, July 15, 2019
Controversial congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) stopped by the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue for a Ramadan fundraiser for CAIR-WA. Outside, progressive defenders of Omar shouted with conservative critics of her anti-Semitism.MyNorthwest, “Jason’s photos of the Ilhan Omar protest in Bellevue“, May 26, 2019
Why is a member of Congress supporting a terrorist-affiliated organization created by the Muslim Brotherhood at events being held during the Memorial Day weekend when America honors its war dead?
Two Washington State CAIR Events lined up Rep Ilhan Omar as their guest speaker. In Bellevue on Saturday, people turned out to protest. She was also set to be the main speaker at a $40 per plate dinner at the SEA-TAC Hilton on Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. in which the Press was banned. It’s the second time that CAIR has banned the press from a dinner with Omar.
The Saturday fundraiser for CAIR was called “Un-Apologetically US: Building MUSLIM POWER For 2020 & Beyond.” It was held at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. It also garnered a plethora of protestors on both sides.Faye Higbee and Jeff Dunetz, “Rep. Omar Spent Much Of Memorial Day Weekend With Terrorist-Affiliated CAIR“, The Lid,
On the African continent, the United States military only carries out direct airstrikes in Libya and Somalia. The U.S. does not directly target the Nigeria-based Boko Haram group, but it does support local efforts against the jihadis.
“There is sort of a direct correlation between our droning, and the increase of their [jihadis] assaults. And their recruitment seems to increase because of some of the civilian casualties that take place,” Omar stressed.Edwin Mora, “Ilhan Omar Complains Trump Is Droning Jihadis in Somalia ‘to Death’“, Breitbart, May 16, 2019
Breitbart News was unable to verify Omar’s assertion that the U.S. air campaign has led to an increase in terrorist attacks and recruitment.
During the rally, Trump rhetorically asked the crowd how to stop the slew of migrants illegally entering the U.S. After an attendee shouted out “shoot them,” Trump commented that “only in the panhandle can you get away with that statement.”
Trump’s 2020 campaign fired back at Omar’s criticism with a clip of the Minnesota congresswoman from 2013 where she shrug off the idea that the Islamic-terror organizations al-Qaeda and Hezbollah are dangerous and mocked Americans who believe so.
Omar, and fellow Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan became America’s first Muslim congresswomen when sworn into office in January. Their time in office has been embroiled in allegations of anti-Semitism and anti-American sentiments.Molly Prince, “Trump Campaign Uses Ilhan Omar’s Own Words Against Her After She Criticizes His Rally Response“, Political Insider, May 9, 2019
Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D–MN), of other recent controversies, has openly supported MAS.
In fact, Omar’s support for MAS goes back years. Her deep ties to the group were on display when she had the MAS-Minnesota chapter Oresident Asad Zaman stand with her as she was ceremonially sworn into the Minnesota House of Representatives in January 2017 with her hand on an enormous Quran. MAS held a reception in honor of her inauguration.
Just a few months later, Omar spoke at the 2017 MAS “Muslim Day” at the state capitol, acknowledging that she had previously participated in the group’s annual event before. Omar was subsequently elected to Congress in November 2018, succeeding former representative and now Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who had his own ties to MAS.Patrick Poole, “Rep. Ilhan Omar Supports Group That Produced Child Beheading Skit“, The Federalist, May 7, 2019
Left-wing analytical frameworks prevent leftists from accurately addressing problems — cultural, political, religious, social, or otherwise — within Muslim communities and groups, he determined.
“We’re missing the story because nobody wants to connect non-violent Islamism to violent Islamism,” stated Jasser. “This video got people’s attention because you had kids talking about chopping off heads. But all the other things in that video about the supremacy of Islamic rule, the antagonism against the Jews and other things, that’s ignored because it’s perceived as non-violent, but it is the gateway drug into radical Islamism.”
Jasser went on, “These ideas [and] these movements, I believe, are increasing. They’re actually getting much more brazen as folks like Convgressomwan Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are normalizing their relationships with Hezbollah supporters, with Hamas supporters and others. that seems to now have open access into various congressional offices. I think the amount of it hasn’t changed much, but it’s becoming much more prime time, if you will, because they feel unchecked. They basically are given sort of the reign of the left, the most radical in Congress seem to be leading the left’s platform.”Robert Kraychik, “Zuhdi Jasser: ‘Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Are Normalizing’ Radical Islamism“, Breitbart, May 7, 2019