An old interview reveals Rep. Ilhan Omar mocking those who say the names of terrorist groups as if they are to be feared. She also somehow manages to compare America, England, and the U.S. Army to organizations such as Al Qaeda and Hezbollah.
The latest clip is pulled from an interview with a local news station regarding the deadly al-Shabab attack on a Kenyan shopping mall in 2013, an attack that resulted in 71 total deaths and wounded approximately 200 people.
In it, the future Congresswoman mocks people for presenting terrorist organizations in a menacing tone, alleging it is designed to foment undue fear of the groups. She specifically spoke of a college professor who taught a course on terrorism.
“When I was in college, I took a terrorism class. … The thing that was interesting in the class was every time the professor said ‘Al Qaeda’ his shoulders went up,” Omar said, imitating the teacher’s movements.
She giggled and smiled as she demonstrated how he would say “Al Qaeda” or “Hezbollah.”
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Omar then equated the words ‘America,’ ‘England,’ and ‘the army,’ to these conversations, noting that nobody presents them in such a negative fashion.
“But you know, it is that you don’t say ‘America’ with an intensity, you don’t say ‘England’ with the intensity. You don’t say ‘the army’ with the intensity.”
“… But you say these names [Al Qaeda] because you want that word to carry weight. You want it to be something.”
Well, there’s a reason for that – America, England, and the United States military aren’t terrorist organizations the way Al Qaeda and Hezbollah are.
At least, they aren’t in the minds of sane citizens of the United States. Perhaps Omar feels differently?
She did after all, in the same interview, defend the actions of those behind the Kenyan shopping mall attack, claiming it was simply “a reaction” to “our involvement in other people’s affairs.”
“Nobody wants to take accountability of how these are byproducts of the actions of our involvement in other people’s affairs,” Omar insisted. “Nobody wants to face how the actions of the other people that are involved in the world have contributed to the rise of the radicalization and the rise of terrorist acts.”
There are two groups of people who justify terror by saying America’s actions are the reason for it – the actual terrorists and the radical left.
The video revelation is just the latest in a long string of controversy for Omar, who has a history of making anti-Semitic comments, defending wannabe terrorists trying to join ISIS, and most recently, downplaying the significance of the horror, fear, and trauma inflicted by the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
Do you know who those ‘some people’ were, Ilhan? Al Qaeda.
Perhaps you should cut people some slack if they raise their shoulders a little bit when they discuss a group who conducted the deadliest terror attack on American soil. Maybe don’t downplay it. And maybe, under no circumstances, laugh at those who take that day quite seriously.
How this person is still in Congress, let alone a key member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, is anybody’s guess.