Rep. Ilhan Omar proudly declares “I am, by nature, a starter of fires…I’m going to burn down everything around me…”

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WASHINGTON, DC –Current Democratic Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar has been the focal point of many attacks from the Republican side of the aisle.  Whether it is her stance on Israel, policies, or anti-Semitic tweets, she certainly has raised the ire of her colleagues. 

Now, Omar, in a recent interview with the New York Times, explains that it is us, not her, with the problem.

Omar sat down with the New York Times for an interview in which she spoke about her views and her new Autobiography, “This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman.” 

Omar was asked by David Marchese:

“There’s a section of your book where – well, I’ll quote it directly: “I am, by nature, a starter of fires.  My work has been to figure out where I’m going to burn down everything around me by adding the fuel of my religion, skin color, gender, or even tone.” 

“Couldn’t that kind of language be interpreted as a form of demagoguery?

“Why is it helpful to express yourself in those terms rather than, say, in terms of building things up?”

Omar’s reply:

“It’s metaphorical. There are many times when people will say, “Something you said has agitated this space.” And it’s like, no, it’s me just showing up that did it. There are times when I will choose to not show up, because I know that my presence brings about intensity that isn’t going to be helpful.

“There’s no one else that exists in a space where they have to deal with the hate of anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-blackness, but also with sexism. People will say it’s my “tone.”

“I’m like, you’re agitated by my tone because you think people like me should be sitting in a corner, not heard and not seen. Everything that comes out of my mouth is going to be filtered through the lens of you despising my existence.”

Omar seems to be implying that anyone who takes issue with her, regardless of why, has the problem, not her.  What is more is that she believes that those people, who dare to disagree with her, are either sexist, anti-Muslim, or just plain racist. 

Omar, who was born in Somalia and lived in a refugee camp in Kenya before emigrating to the United States.  One would think that since she has truly lived in a third world country and knows what it is like, she would be more grateful for the United States and what the country stands for, however, she is far from it.

Omar has made previous claims that the United States is bigoted, and that the country was built through slavery.  A racist statement like that takes away from the hard work of everyone who has worked to build this country into what it is.

Now, no one can, nor should, ignore the evil of slavery that was allowed to persist around the world, not just the United States, over 100 years ago.  However, making a blanket statement that the power the United States had comes from racism and “our history is built on the oppression of black bodies” is absurd.   

Omar also said at a panel on Capitol Hill:

“From slavery to Jim Crow to redlining to mass incarceration to voter suppression, racism is part of the foundation of American power.”

 Omar also told Samantha Bee on TBS’ Full Frontal:

“We’re [United States] very comfortable being the hero in every story.  We are not comfortable anytime somebody reminds us we have been a villain.  It’s my job to make sure we can end this story as a hero.”

Editorial: ‘Squad’ member Ilhan Omar aspires toward ‘dismantling’ America’s economy and political system

July 8, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – During a press conference held alongside Minnesota leaders on July 7th, Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar took the opportunity to discuss a myriad of things requiring “dismantling” in order to obtain her version of restorative justice.

It’s with little surprise that she noted aspects like the economy, education, the housing market…and even “the air we breathe.”

Omar first noted on her contribution with regard to drafting a bill related to criminal justice reform that is currently within the possession of the Senate to review and determine action on:

“Right now in Congress the Senate is sitting on a comprehensive bill to transform criminal justice and the policing system. All along with the Congressional Black Caucus, I helped lead the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.”

After administering to herself a proverbial “pat on the back” for the aforementioned, she then segued into admonishing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump for perceived inattentiveness toward her efforts:

“And because of Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump, it is being ignored. I guess the president would rather attack the people who are protesting than actually address the issues people are out here protesting for.”

Thereafter, Omar then noted that her agenda is more than just addressing potential reforms with regard to policing and criminal justice.

She explained that there’s so much more ongoing within “systems of oppression” that need to be demolished:

“We are not merely fighting to tear down the systems of oppression in the criminal justice system. We are fighting to tear down systems of oppression that exist in housing, in education, in health care, in employment, in the air we breathe.”

According to Omar, there exists some kind of link to the mortality rate of COVID within the black community and elements within housing, education and employment:

“The mortality rate for black Minnesotans to COVID is twice as high as it is with other races. And for me, this is very personal because I lost my own father to the coronavirus. I see the pain and the havoc it is wreaking on the black community in Minneapolis. We must recognize that these systems of oppression are linked.”

Without trying to sound like a college freshman drafting a dissertation, correlation is not indicative of causation. Meaning that simply because two things existing simultaneously within a single topic or entity, it does not mean that either contribute to, thrive upon, or are symbiotic of each other.

Nonetheless, Omar continued with said theory and went on to explain that capitalistic endeavors also happen to create “inequity” for the black community:

“As long as our economy and political systems prioritizes profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequity.”

Omar caps things off with, once again, reiterating that the entirety of the “system of oppression” must be addressed and destroyed. Keep in mind, by her mentioned notion of what is currently oppressive within the country, that covers everything from houses to oxygen:

“So, we cannot stop at criminal justice system. We must begin the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.”

Considering we’re observing the opinions of one of the infamous “squad” members, Omar’s take on matters is hardly surprising.

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Looking at other members of the “squad,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently noted that removing $1 billion from the NYPD budget is not nearly enough money removed from the police budget. 

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany ripped Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) on July 1st after the firebrand leftist congresswoman said a drastic $1 billion cut to the NYPD budget was not enough. 

In a statement, AOC, the democrat representative for New York’s 14th congressional district, said the cuts were a “disingenuous illusion” and called for further defunding as the City experiences a surge in gun shootings and violence.

AOC went on to say:

“This is not a victory. The fight to defund policing continues–defunding the police means defunding the police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools.”

Based on AOC’s bold statements about the recent budget cuts to the NYPD budget, McEnany told reporters at Wednesday’s White House briefing:

“It’s unacceptable when you have people like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez really suggesting where the Democratic Party stands today because taking a billion [dollars] away from the NYPD officers wasn’t enough for her–she wants to take it all away.

“She doesn’t want police officers and that’s a really unacceptable proposition.”

McEnany also told reporters during the briefing that President Trump stands firmly behind the city’s finest and noted a recent HuffPost/You-Gov survey which found most Americans did not support the movement to defund police departments:

“We’re at a place where 64 percent of the nation are concerned that the growing criticism of America’s police will lead to a shortage of police officers that will harm all Americans. It’s an untenable principle.”

For New York, slashing the NYPD budget by $1 billion was not an easy decision, but the substantial cuts to the NYPD came in response to demonstration seeking to defund the department in the wake of George Flyod’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis. 

Council Speaker Corey Johnson said following the vote:

“Heart-wrenching, impossible choices had to be made. It was not easy–today is not a day of celebration, we are not in a time of celebration, it is the time of necessity and today’s budget agreement is one of necessity.”

The effects of the budget cut will include, in part, reducing overtime by $352 million and trimming the size of the police force by 1,163 cops, which Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted would not decrease public safety despite the recent surge in shootings and gun violence that is sweeping through their city. 

Johnson said he was ultimately “disappointed” with the budget, saying he wanted deeper cuts to the NYPD and a larger reduction of its force, but the mayor would not budge on those items.

Mayor de Blasio said:

“It won’t be easy. We’re asking a lot of the NYPD, but the NYPD is up to the mission. I don’t have a doubt in my mind–they will find a way to be more effective and efficient, they have for years and they will keep us safe.”

Once the budget was voted on and approved, AOC fired at the Mayor saying he used “budget tricks” and “funny math” to make it look like he had defunded the city’s police department. 

In a tweet, she accused Big Apple officials of achieving the cuts with a:

“Budgetary sleight of hand: moving school safety officers under the Department of Education.”

Mayor de Blasio responded back saying:

“Well, she’s just wrong–the facts are we took money from the NYPD, put it into youth programs. We are reducing the size of the NYPD, but still in a way that can keep us safe.”

AOC continued:

“It does not mean counting cuts in overtime as cuts, even as NYPD ignores every attempt by City Council to curb overtime spending and overspends on overtime anyways. The fight to defund policing continues.”

In an interview with Fox Business Network earlier on July 1st, the Queens-born President Trump described the cuts to the NYPD as “very sad” and lashed at de Blasio without referring to him by name:

“I’m a big fan of New York’s Finest. We call them New York’s Finest, the policeman, and what he’s done to that incredible group of men and women is very sad. It’s very sad.”

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