It all started when freshman representative Ilhan Omar made some anti-Semitic remarks that went viral on the net. Even a few democrats rebuked her, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Because her remarks were specifically targeted at our most loyal ally in the middle east, Israel, the GOP wanted to go on record, Omar’s remarks were her own and in no way reflect the view of the House of Representatives.
A GOP resolution was quickly drafted to condemn her comments, but democrats feared this would reflect poorly upon their party, so they added that all forms of bigotry, against everyone from Pacific Islanders to transgenders, was unacceptable. This caused the resolution to go far afield from it’s original intent, to rebuke Omar and give reassurances to Israel our friendship remains steadfast. Further more, after these peculiar amendments were added, Omar’s name and her specific comments were not even mentioned at all.
“We’re here today because a member of this body issued a series of anti-Semitic statements,” Andy Biggs said in a floor speech on Thursday. He spoke of the difference between justice and mercy, adding: “We now have a pattern and we begin to wonder how we extend mercy when justice cries out against one who is anti-Semitic. It doesn’t help that Democratic leaders have attempted to rationalize and protect this individual.”
Rep. Brooks said he voted against the resolution because its “failure to specifically state opposition to discrimination against Caucasian-Americans and Christians, while reflective of Socialist Democrat priorities and values is, by omission, fatal to the bill.” And Ken Buck of C0lorado criticized the resolution for failing “to address a problem that needed to be confronted. “Anti-Semitism can’t be compared with any other hate speech without marginalizing the history of Jewish oppression,” he said. “I will not vote to overlook the anti-Semitism which has been covered up by the Democratic leadership.”
Rep. Ted Budd, reacting on Twitter, said that he voted against the resolution because it failed to name Ms. Omar or list her comments.
Ilhan Omar-D, is a Muslim immigrant from Somalia, her views on Israel mirrors that of many in her former country, but not the Minnesotans that she was elected to represent.
Omar is not new to controversy, “Hennepin County records show Omar applied for a marriage license in 2002 but never used it. It was not immediately known whom she planned to marry. Seven years later, Omar married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in Eden Prairie, according to their marriage record. Elmi could not be reached for comment. Minnesota courts have no records of Omar and Elmi filing for divorce. Her campaign flatly denied that Elmi is her brother. It would only say that she and Ahmed Hirsi, who is pictured in campaign literature is the father of their three children, are together and raising a family. The Star Tribune could not find records in Minnesota showing that the two ever married.”
Omar was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016 on the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party line, which made her the first Somali American elected to legislative office in the United States. On November 6, 2018, she became the first naturalized citizen from Africa