Tuesday in “unforced political errors,” Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) copped to her belief that America is a fundamentally bad nation, a viewpoint which, to this point in her congressional term, she had at least attempted to keep under wraps.
The Democrat-led House of Representatives brought a vote to the floor to condemn the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Turks, which killed about 1.5 million people between 1915 and 1923. The vote was prompted by the removal of troops from Western Syria, and was something of a warning shot aimed at Turkey, meant to send the message that the world is watching how they treat the Kurds who live in that region. The vote passed overwhelmingly 405 to 11, because who could possibly be pro-genocide?
Omar. That’s who. She voted “present” instead of voting for or against the measure.
“I also believe accountability for human rights violations—especially ethnic cleansing and genocide—is paramount. But accountability and recognition of genocide should not be used as cudgel in a political fight,” she said in a statement after her vote.
But then, she gave another reason for refusing to vote for the measure. That reason, which relies on a warped view of American history, is because the United States has not officially condemned the genocide of Native Americans, which occurred well before America existed as a nation.
“It should be done based on academic consensus outside the push and pull of geopolitics. A true acknowledgement of historical crimes against humanity must include both the heinous genocides of the 20th century, along with earlier mass slaughters like the transatlantic slave trade and Native American genocide, which took the lives of hundreds of millions of indigenous people in this country. For this reason, I voted ‘present’ on final passage of H.Res. 296, the resolution Affirming the United States record on the Armenian Genocide.”
Omar is bent on holding the sins of American colonists against America as a nation, because she believes that this is a fundamentally bad country that is evil at its core. But ask her to condemn an evil terrorist state like Turkey, and she won’t do it. She’s not proud to be an American, yet she represents this nation on an international stage.
The first-term congresswoman is known for her criticism of Israel – she supports genocide there, via the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement – but has refused to condemn it when committed by Islamists like herself.
She voted against sanctioning Turkey, too, after the U.S. pulled out of Western Syria.
“Accountability for the invasion of northern Syria is essential. Turkey’s incursion and the ensuing fallout is a humanitarian catastrophe—especially for the Kurdish people,” she said at the time. “But too often our sanctions policies are ill-considered, inhumane and hurt the very people we claim to be helping.”
She visited with Turkish President Recep Erdogan in 2017 when she was a State House of Representatives member in Minnesota.
The rarity of elected officials at the state level meeting with foreign presidents is difficult to overstate.
Omar’s latest vote is all part of a troubling trend: Slamming America and her allies, while sympathizing with radical Islamists.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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