Critics of Ilhan Omar have often argued she does not appear to represent the United States in foreign policy and instead takes the position of our adversaries.
Rather than dispute the gist of this, Omar boasted to a local Minnesota paper she brings ‘the perspective of a foreigner” to United States foreign affairs.
Early May, Fox News’ Jesse Watters took on Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., over her criticism of the U.S. government’s role during the ongoing push for regime change in Venezuela.
“I would issue a challenge to her. Omar, please say one good thing about America,” Watters said on “The Five” on Thursday.
“We hear her so much saying what’s wrong with America. Just say what you’re proud of. I think that would counterbalance some of the negativity that you hear coming out of her mouth.”
Omar faced a wave of criticism after she argued that President Trump’s administration made the Venezuelan crisis worse through “bullying” and applying sanctions to the nation.
“A lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela and we have sort of set the stage for where we are arriving today,” Omar told PBS’ “Democracy Now!”
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Tuesday: “The Somali-born Minnesota Democrat, saying she brings ‘the perspective of a foreigner’ to her new role, believes that American foreign policy needs to be changed in fundamental ways.” She added that U.S. foreign policy needs “something equivalent to the Green New Deal.”
Omar has a history of radical left-wing activism, and brought a long record of anti-Israel — and antisemitic — rhetoric to Washington. Before winning a seat in Congress, she had called Israel an “apartheid regime,” and tweeted: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” (She has since deleted the tweet.) She backs the “boycott, divestment, sanctions” (BDS) movement against Israel — despite telling voters in 2018 that she did not.
Nevertheless, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appointed Omar to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she has continued to cause controversy — not just regarding Israel, but other issues as well.
In January, for example, Omar referred to Venezuela’s socialist opposition as “far right,” and blamed U.S. sanctions for that country’s economic woes, rather than the dictatorial behavior or the socialist economic policies of Nicolas Maduro’s regime.
In April, Omar appeared to downplay the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, saying that “some people did something.”
Omar has also repeatedly used antisemitic rhetoric in Congress. In February, she claimed, falsely, that a pro-Israel group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), bribed members of Congress to support Israel (“It’s all about the Benjamins”). She apologized after pressure from party leaders.