Ilhan Omar: Living in Trump’s America ‘Is An Everyday Assault’

In an interview with Vogue Arabia, Rep. Ilhan Omar claimed that life in America under President Trump “is an everyday assault.”

You can pretty much file this one under ‘don’t let the door hit you on the way out.’

Omar, the Minnesota Democrat who fled the Somali Civil War and later came to the United States seeking asylum, said it has been a traumatic experience living in America the last couple of years.

“It’s challenging,” Omar said of living in the Trump-era, adding a specious claim that her status and heritage is constantly criticized.

“It’s an everyday assault,” the Democrat alleged. “Every day, a part of your identity is threatened, demonized, and vilified.”

“Trump is tapping into an ugly part of our society and freeing its ugliness,” she added. “It’s been a challenge to try to figure out how to continue the inclusion; how to show up every day and make sure that people who identify with all the marginalized identities I carry, feel represented.”

She was elected to Congress in a nation that granted her family asylum, yet she still feels threatened. It must be difficult to view yourself as a victim 24/7 as most leftists do.


Ms. Omar, there’s no need to stay in a country you feel is threatening to your existence, in which the people supposedly demonize and vilify you. It could, after all, be worse.

We were told not so long ago that your upbringing in Somalia was actually worse than what children of Holocaust survivors have had to endure.

Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) believes that Omar doesn’t get much sympathy because the media isn’t willing to report how bad her home country was.

Clyburn, in trying to defend Omar’s anti-Semitic ways recently, lamented that “many of the media reports surrounding the recent controversy have omitted mentioning that Omar … had to flee the country to escape violence and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp before coming to the United States.”

This he alleged, makes her experiences more “empirical” and “powerful” than those who have parents that survived the Holocaust, Japanese internment camps, and other tragic events in history.

Meanwhile, Omar has spent a good chunk of her political career trying to actually vilify Jewish Americans through references to Israel as “evil and repeated anti-Semitic tropes.

America Oppresses, but the Hijab Liberates

While she views America under President Trump as oppressive, Omar in the same interview celebrated the hijab with a curious quote.

She said it makes her a “walking billboard” that makes her seem different to others.

“To me, the hijab means power, liberation, beauty, and resistance,” Omar says.

Only Omar could be so adrift with her thoughts that she believes America is a terrible, oppressive place to live, but the hijab, something Iranian women have been fighting to rid themselves of, is a symbol of freedom.

Qanta Ahmed, a Muslim physician, laid out why Omar plays the victim card the way she does.

“Rep. Ilhan Omar is unquestionably an anti-Semite,” Ahmed wrote in an op-ed column, “but cloaks herself in victimhood – portraying herself as a ‘Muslim under siege’ unfairly attacked because of her religion.”

“This is how Islamism – a hateful political ideology pretending to be a religion – operates,” Ahmed revealed.

Rusty Weiss has been covering politics for over 15 years. His writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, Fox... More about Rusty Weiss

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