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Reader Opinion: New year, same Omar

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Despite claiming she’s “listening and learning” early last year, Rep. Ilhan Omar instead doubled down on controversy throughout 2019. She opened the new year in similar fashion.

During a recent news conference, Omar remarked she “felt ill because of everything that is taking place. And I think every time I hear conversations around war, I find myself being stricken with PTSD.”

Yet in the same presser, Omar laughed while a representative discussed servicemen killed in the Iraq War.

Her comments perturbed veterans.

Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, an Afghanistan veteran, said the congresswoman’s comments were “offensive to our nation’s veterans who really do have PTSD after putting their life on the line to keep America safe.”

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Omar’s comparisons are a stretch. She moved to America as a child and hails from an educated family of civil servants and teachers.

Her views of the country that allowed her to settle in freedom and jumpstart her political career remain ignorant.

Last summer she introduced an anti-Semitic resolution supporting Boycott, Divest, Sanctions — an execrable movement, even condemned by Germany as akin to Nazi campaigns targeting Jews.

Massive bipartisan opposition defeated the rogue measure.

Democrats have struggled with iniquitous comments from Omar, and she hasn’t been stripped of committee assignments, as many suggested last year. In fact, she retains outsized influence and is a top fundraiser, though her donations recently came under scrutiny.

The first-term congresswoman had eight violations of Minnesota campaign-finance law last year and, according to the Star Tribune, “a pattern of carelessness and self-dealing with legally restricted funds” and “her political rise has been marred by a series of unforced errors.”

With these scandals, and when last month saw numerous anti-Jewish attacks in New York and a 40% national rise in recent years, why is Omar’s repugnant rhetoric still tolerated?

AJ Kaufman

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Little Falls

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