Ilhan Omar Slammed by NBA Player for Voting Against Sanctions on Turkey

Boston Celtic and Turkish Human Rights Activist Enes Kanter blasted MN Lawmaker Ilhan Omar for refusing to support a bill that would impose sanctions on Turkey over the invasion of northern Syria.

Kanter also wrote that Omar seems to be on “Dictator Erdogan’s payroll working for his interests.”

The House passed the resolution 405-11 with only 3, including Omar voting “present.”

Here is the full tweet:

What an absolute disappointment and shame that the only democrat who did NOT support the Turkish bill aiming to stop the killing of innocent people is who seems like on ‘s payroll working for his interests, but not for the American people and democracy!

Earlier, Kanter retweeted a statement from Rep. Moulton.

Today the House passed legislation to sanction Erdogan’s inner circle and stand up for our allies. I’m teaming up with Turkish Human Rights Activist @EnesKanter of the NBA’s Boston Celtics to urge the Senate and President to pass the bill.

Per FoxNews, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Tuesday refused to support a congressional resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide, saying it was important first to condemn the preceding “mass slaughter” of “hundreds of millions of indigenous people,” as well as the “transatlantic slave trade.”

Omar, in a statement explaining her vote of “present” on the resolution, also seemingly suggested that the century-old mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks may not have occurred at all. She asserted that “accountability and recognition of genocide should not be used as a cudgel in a political fight” but should instead “be done based on academic consensus outside the push and pull of geopolitics.”

The comments prompted accusations that Omar, again, was seeking to communicate a bigoted message while maintaining a veneer of wink-and-nod deniability — even as she has previously called for a boycott over alleged Israeli human-rights abuses, described the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as an instance in which “some people did something”, and asserted that “Israel has hypnotized the world.”

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