Omar: ‘I probably love this country more than anyone that is naturally born.’ I’m bothered by its hypocrisy.

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Anti-Semitic Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a Democrat whose entire congressional career has seemingly centered on bashing America and Israel, claimed in an explosive statement Saturday that she “probably” loves America more than every native-born citizen.

But immediately following this statement, she bashed America again …

“Something that I get criticized for all the time … it is that I am anti-American because I criticize the United States,” she said during a panel discussion at the Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia this Saturday. “And, I believe as an immigrant, I probably love this country more than anyone that is naturally born.”

And [it’s] because I am ashamed of it continuing to live in its hypocrisy that I work so hard to make sure that others who’ve [said] that like ‘be American — why don’t you be more like an American,’ can continue to say that. Because it used to be a very positive thing. We export American exceptionalism … but we don’t live those values here, so that hypocrisy is one that I’m bothered by. I want America the great to be America the great.”


There are a number of notable problems with her remarks.

First, while there’s nothing inherently wrong with criticizing America, there’s a difference between the constructive criticism of someone such as President Donald Trump — who takes  issue with America’s lax immigration laws — and the arguably petulant complaints of someone like Omar.

Even the first moment she stepped foot in America in 1992 as a refugee escaping a war-torn region of Africa, she had nothing but complaints about the country that had just accepted her as one of its own.

“I saw panhandlers on the side of the streets, there being trash everywhere, and graffiti on the side of the walls,” she recalled on a podcast last December. “I remember turning to my father and saying, ‘Well, this doesn’t look like the America you promised!'”

She’d been expecting a perfect America devoid of any problems. To be clear, no such utopia exists. Nor is it necessarily the country’s fault when someone becomes a panhandler or a community falls into decay. Sometimes, bad personal decisions play a role in such things happening.

Second, her criticism appears to always go only one way — against America and its allies. It seems like she never issues criticism against the United States’ enemies. On more than one occasion, in fact, she’s actually defended America’s enemies.

After Iran shot down an unmanned U.S. military drone in international airspace last month, she falsely accused the U.S. of being the “aggressors” and portrayed Iran as the victim:

The Muslim congresswoman has been equally defensive of Venezuela, a totalitarian regime where people are literally starving to death and being killed by the government.

Even after Venezuelan military forces literally ran over protesters during an altercation in late April, Omar rushed to the authoritarian regime’s defense by blaming the predicament there on American.

“[A] lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastations in Venezuela,” she said. “And we’ve sort of set the stage for where we’re arriving today.”

“This particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela, and it certainly does not help and is not in the interest of the United States.”

In other words, it’s because of attempts by the U.S. to rein in the country’s despotic leaders that said leaders have acted out in despotic ways …

Dovetailing back to the Muslim congresswoman’s remarks at the Netroots Nation conference, note what she said about making America into “America the great” again.

Does that sound familiar? It should, because it parallels the president’s own mission to “Make America Great Again.” The only difference is the methodology. Whereas it seems Omar wants to make the country great by appeasing its enemies, promoting unsubstantiated grievances and disrespecting its allies, the president seeks to make it great again by fixing the economy (done), renegotiating trade deals (partially done) and promoting American interests abroad.

Other than for the methodology, both Omar and Trump seem to share the same goal of wanting to make America great. But only one of them has been impugned relentlessly by Democrats for alleged racism.

During a speaking event in San Francisco last year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one of the top officials within the Democrat Party, reportedly claimed that the president’s widely supported plans to add a citizenship question to the U.S. Census is rooted in a desire to “make America white again.”

“This is about keeping — you know his hat — make America white again,” she said. “They want to make sure that people, certain people, are counted. It’s really disgraceful. And it’s not what our founders had in mind. What they want to do is put a chilling effect so certain populations will not answer the form.”

What about Omar’s desire to make America great? Is it rooted in a racist desire to make America into a Muslim-only country? Given the complaints about Trump’s MAGA message, it seems like a perfectly fair question to ask …


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