Omar accuses critics of trying to ‘silence’ Muslims, simultaneously seeks alliance with Jewish community

Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar used an appearance on MSNBC to once again try to frame herself as a victim of discrimination and attacks that are directed her way by critics of her repeated attacks on Israel and Jewish people.
Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota

“You know, I tell my sister, Rashida Tlaib that her and I have the strength to endure any of the mischaracterization or efforts to distort and vilify our message,” Omar told anchor Chris Hayes.

“And I think we are seeing what happens when people really see these attacks for what they are. It is designed to silence, sideline, and sort of almost eliminate public voice of Muslims from the public discourse. And so I’m really excited that we have an opportunity to build alliances and push back and fight this attempt to marginalize our community’s voice.”

Hayes referenced a CNN op-ed Omar jointly wrote this week with Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Democrat and Jewish-American from Illinois, in which the pair attacked white nationalism as their common enemy. He asked her what she is learning as she seeks to build an alliance between left-wing Jews and Muslims.

The op-ed stated:

“We may not see eye to eye on all issues, but we must acknowledge that attacks on our faiths are two sides of the same bigoted coin. As Americans, we must all stand together in rejecting hate and embracing one another in order to create a country and a culture of unity and justice. White nationalism is on the rise. And we must defeat it — together.”

“One thing that Jan and I realized was that when you see something wrong, that you have to use your influence and your voice to speak out against it. And what we have noticed is that there is a threat,” Omar told Hayes.

“Our communities are being terrorized by white supremacy. We’ve seen the attacks on synagogues. We’ve seen the linkage that they have to people who seek to terrorize mosques. We notice that there is people on the right wing who are fueling that hate. Their message is being used to fuel the sort of violence against both of our communities because of our faiths. And it is time for us to make sure that we don’t allow for them to use any misunderstanding there might be to divide us … that we collectively work together against the collective hate that is coming from the right wing and white supremacy.”

Watch a portion of Omar’s appearance on MSNBC with Chris Hayes …

Video by MSNBC

Meanwhile, “victim” of suppressed speech Omar didn’t hold back taking a swipe at Ted Cruz. The outspoken freshman congresswoman quipped about “knowing some pirates” when Cruz complained about social media bias:


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