During an interview on Sunday, Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar bluntly asserted that she and other freshmen Democrats came to Congress in order to “be a check and balance to the cruelty” of the Trump administration.
The controversial lawmaker’s remarks came in response to a recently-passed aid package which drew the ire of many Democrats, prompting Omar to discuss her frustrations with her own party.
Since her election to Congress in 2018, Omar has faced bipartisan criticism for a series of comments which many have deemed to be anti-Semitic, and has drawn additional scrutiny due to allegations of potential tax violations.
Rep. @Ilhan Omar on border crisis: We have an opportunity to address this crisis in a proper way, in a humane way. To me it is really about people who are thinking what is politically expedient… Our values are suffering and we can do better than this. #AMJoy #immigration pic.twitter.com/O8GcW3j3Ya
— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) June 30, 2019
Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) declared she was sent to Congress with her freshman colleagues to “be a check and balance to the cruelty of this administration.”
When asked about the $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package passed last week over the objections of progressives, Omar said, “This is one of the reasons why I think the public is always frustrated with politicians. We were running for office. We said send us into the majority so that we can be a check and balance to the cruelty of this administration. Now we are in the majority we are too busy appeasing this administration.”
“I can see the frustration of the American people who are really disappointed that, again, we have people in power who have forgotten the purpose and the reason they were given that privilege. What I am always surprised every time we’re having a discussion in regards to policy is how people will talk about the political reality, and they won’t talk about the human reality of the policies that we are passing,” he said. “We take an oath, truly, to care for the American people and make sure that we’re furthering policies that are in line with our values. And we often fail short. And I think with the Democratic Party we’re so busy oftentimes trying to appease everyone we end up appeasing no one.”
She added, “I lead with moral clarity and courage, and so for me, it’s easy to make a decision about the particular policies we’re voting on.”