Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) unexpectedly trashed former President Barack Obama as someone with a “pretty face” who got “away with murder” during a wide-ranging interview with Politico Magazine published Friday.
Omar (pictured above right) is one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress. She’s also the first Somali-American in Congress.
The lawmaker has had a rocky two months in Congress thus far. She came under fire last week for her latest round of comments that many Americans widely deemed as anti-Semitic. The House ultimately passed a resolution on Thursday condemning all hatred and bigotry.
The resolution originally was supposed to condemn anti-Semitism in response to the Omar controversy. Democrats caved and broadened the resolution after some vocal progressives defended Omar and said she’d been unfairly targeted.
But before this controversy even broke, Omar gave an interview with Politico Magazine’s Tim Alberta that was published on Friday.
In the interview, Omar bashed her own party — accusing it of becoming “complicit in perpetuating the status quo,” according to Alberta.
Omar also knocked Obama — an unusual move from a Democrat. The former president is widely beloved among Democrats and remains popular with those on the Left.
Yet Omar criticized Obama’s iconic calls for “hope and change,” saying those calls were inconsistent with his administration’s actual policies.
“I’m OK with taking the blows if it means it will ignite conversations that no one was willing to have before.”
“Recalling the ‘caging of kids’ at the U.S.-Mexico border and the ‘droning of countries around the world’ on Obama’s watch, she argues that the Democratic president operated within the same fundamentally broken framework as his Republican successor,” Alberta noted.
Omar told Alberta, “We can’t be only upset with [President Donald] Trump.”
“His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was,” Omar said. “And that’s not what we should be looking for anymore. We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile.”
Democrats began decrying the use of “cages” to hold illegal immigrant children in detention after Trump became president.
None of the Democrats, however, seemed concerned when the Obama administration used these same enclosures to detain illegal immigrant children temporarily until they could be placed with sponsors.
Omar also said in the interview that she looks forward to continuing “to agitate our foreign policy discussions in a way that many of my colleagues who have been anti-intervention, anti-war, have been unable to do in the past.”
“So, I’m OK with taking the blows if it means it will ignite conversations that no one was willing to have before,” Omar insisted.
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