If we had any actual journalists today, they would be asking Ilhan Omar probing questions about what she thinks about the global jihad and where her loyalties ultimately lie. No one denounced questions of loyalty when John F. Kennedy was asked them as a Roman Catholic running for President in 1960. But today, asking them of Omar would be “Islamophobic.” Meanwhile, the Democrats and the Leftist establishment are making an all-out effort to portray any criticism of Omar as incitement to violence, which is a dishonest attempt to place any such criticism beyond the bounds of acceptable discourse. Incitement to violence is when you call for violence. Criticism is not incitement to violence. It seems as if every day now, one has to remind people that A is A in opposition to new ways in which it is being denied.
“Ilhan Omar, in bizarre clip, jokes about people saying ‘Al Qaeda’ in menacing tone,” by Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, April 12, 2019:
Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar is facing backlash after her speech at a Muslim rights group’s event where she described the September 11, 2001 terror attacks as ‘some people did something.’
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, in a newly resurfaced clip of an old interview, joked about people saying “Al Qaeda” and “Hezbollah” in a severe tone — while noting nobody says words like “America” that way.
“When I was in college, I took a terrorism class. … The thing that was interesting in the class was every time the professor said ‘Al Qaeda’ his shoulders went up,” Omar said during an interview from 2013 when she was an activist within the Somali community, chuckling as she imitated the professor saying “Al Qaeda” and “Hezbollah.”
Omar went on to contrast the way people say the names of terror groups with how they pronounce the names of western powers:
“But you know, it is that you don’t say ‘America’ with an intensity, you don’t say ‘England’ with the intensity. You don’t say ‘the army’ with the intensity,” she continued. “… But you say these names [Al Qaeda] because you want that word to carry weight. You want it to be something.”
Omar made the remarks during an interview on the show “Belahdan” on Twin Cities PBS that was first unearthed by Fox News in February. Omar’s office did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the clip…
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