The Unmitigated Gall of Ilhan Omar
Rep. Ilhan Omar is demanding that Congress censure a colleague over offensive remarks. That’s an actual demand happening right now, and reporters write about her demands without peppering their prose with incredulous exclamation marks.
House progressives are reportedly planning to introduce a resolution that would strip Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., of committee assignments over her stupid and bigoted joke about Omar.
“I have had a conversation with the speaker, and I’m very confident that she will take decisive action next week,” Omar, D-Minn., had the temerity to tell CNN’s Jake Tapper on Dec. 5.
The same congresswoman, who claimed criticism about her smear that Jews were brainwashing the world was “all about the Benjamins,” says it’s “important for us to say this kind of language, this kind of hate cannot be condoned by the House of Representatives, and we should punish and sanction Boebert by stripping her of her committees, by rebuking her language, by doing everything that we can to send a clear and decisive message to the American public that if the Republicans are not going to be adults and condemn this, that we are going to do that.”
First of all, Democrats have already created a new norm, stripping Reps. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., and the Rothschild-laser-curious Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., of committee seats. They probably deserved that. And if Republicans have any spine, they will, perhaps as early as 2022, begin throwing Jew-baiting progressives and conspiracy theorists such as Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., off their perches, as well.
Democrats struggle to comprehend that they won’t be in perpetual power. “Inaction is to be complicit in Islamaphobia,” adds Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., herself a font of ugly racial identity-obsessed notions. If so, is the House of Representatives complicit in antisemitism when it fails to criticize a member who tells us she gets a “calming feeling” when thinking about the Holocaust’s aftermath?
Are Democrats complicit when they fail to condemn a colleague who says the people “behind the curtain” who want to stop a “free Palestine” are the “same people” who exploit “regular Americans” for “their profit”? Jews, after all, are the most targeted religious group in hate crimes, and it’s not even a close contest.
You may recall a few years back when the Democratic Party-backed out of censuring Omar for her numerous repulsive comments because of “fierce backlash” from the Congressional Black Caucus (a group whose members have held strategy sessions and meetings with Louis Farrakhan, because the normalization of certain kinds of hatreds is nothing new on the Left).
Censures and resolutions are almost always useless exercises in political theater. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi showed a special kind of creativity when she decided to reprimand Omar with a watered-down, platitudinous “anti-hate” resolution, which mentions Alfred Dreyfus, Leo Frank, Henry Ford, and “anti-Muslim bigotry,” but not Omar.
Parties are reluctant to censure their members, no matter how odious the words, as that sort of thing telegraphs weakness and upsets the base—and the opposition likes to exaggerate the influence of backbenchers.
Take The Washington Post’s partisan pseudo journalist Greg Sargent, who absurdly argues that Boebert et al. portend emerging Republican attitudes. Indeed, the faction is not irrelevant, but it’s wishful thinking to say that they will “continue gaining adherents and intensity.” Not a single one of these Republicans is driving any severe policy initiatives.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy certainly isn’t posing with Greene and Boebert on the cover of Rolling Stone in its “Women Shaping the Future” issue.
The “squad,” undoubtedly “gaining adherents and intensity” as moderate Democrats shed seats due to the party’s progressive turn, already has outsized power. It can stop bills right now. A few months ago, it nearly sunk funding for Israel’s defensive Iron Dome system, perhaps the only spending that squad members passionately oppose. (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was in tears because she had abstained from cutting off spending on a system that saves thousands of lives.)
The Biden administration already uses Ocasio-Cortez’s branding for its climate change agenda, and virtually every Democrat defends the administration’s every move. These are consequential politicians treated with reverence by the press.
That said, the cynical effort to focus on the most absurd opposition party members is nothing new, especially as a means of deflecting attention away from your problems. But when your champion is one of the most repugnant voices in Washington, the effort is transparently preposterous.
Notes from the Editor
Ilhan is the perfect example of double standards the Left is fond of showing us lately. When she was making rabid antisemitic attacks, the Left said we should ignore this; she came from a culture that did this sort of thing. When she married her brother to commit immigration fraud, they dismissed this, saying it was not their business. She illegally gives funding to her boyfriend from her election funds, which are all ignored. Can you imagine if this was a Republican that did this? They would have demanded that this person be kicked out of Congress.
If we see Congress punish what they say is Islamophobia, why isn’t the same done for antisemitism, or is it OK with Democrats to attack Jews but not Muslims. Guess one has to go to college campuses to see this reality. Go to campus wearing a T-shirt that supports ISIS, Islamic Jihad, or Hamas, you are fine; no one will bother you, you may even have people talk about how they support these groups, but wear a shirt with the IDF logo on it, you will be attached, falsely accused of apartheid (not that any of these people have a clue what it is), or better yet, be screamed at and told that ‘Palestine will be free from the river to the sea!’
Lauren Boebert made a joke in bad taste, I disapprove of that type of thing, but it is what it is. Ilhan was never joking, she and Rashida have shown support for terrorist groups, have maps that take Israel off of it, then attack Jews, and this is acceptable? When this was called out, Pelosi could not even do anything other than pass a resolution saying Ilhan was naughty, don’t do it again.
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