Ilhan Omar: Alinsky Radical
Ilhan Omar: Alinsky Radical by Emina Melonic for American Greatness
lhan Omar’s recent speech at the Council on American-Islamic Relations has received a lot of attention and not without reason. Snippets of the speech have been posted all over social media, most notably on Twitter. The part of her speech that has caused the most righteous anger and incredulity is where the freshman congresswoman from Minnesota described the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as “some people did something.”
Naturally, many people have reacted with indignation that Omar, an elected member of Congress, would speak so flippantly about one of the deadliest terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Her comments also prompted President Trump to post a video of the 9/11 attack in New York with the words “We Will Never Forget.”
In response, leftists in the media and in Congress (notably, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders) have sided with Omar, claiming that Trump is putting Omar’s “life in danger” by “inciting violence.” Apparently, criticizing someone now puts them in danger.
The context of her words was pretty clear: “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because CAIR recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
Even if we take this to be just another case of awkward rhetoric, it still minimizes the reality of the terrorist attack and all the lives that were lost. On top of this, Omar was incorrect about the year CAIR was founded—it was in 1994, and obviously had nothing to do with responding to an attack that hadn’t happened yet.
Always the Victim
Unfortunately, this was not the only instance of Omar’s denial and rejection of America. Her entire speech at CAIR panders to Muslims living in America and invites them into battle against it. With a condescending and moralistic tone (directed toward President Trump and patriotic Americans in general) and an affected and overly exaggerated Somali accent, Omar demolishes the bridges that we are supposed to build together in order to make a better society.
She claims Muslims in America are “second-class citizens” and lack civil liberties that other Americans have. You can keep trying to be a good Muslim, Omar tells her audience, or “listen to your mom and dad and become a doctor,” get married, and buy a house. “But none of this stuff matters,” she adds, “if you one day show up to the hospital, and if you are having a baby and you can’t have the access that you need because someone doesn’t recognize you as fully human.”
Say what? Who is dehumanizing whom? What are the actual examples of this behavior and treatment?