It seems that every other day, Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is all over the news and trending on Twitter. Whether she’s saying something anti-Semitic or trivializing terrorism, she can’t seem to go more than a week without stirring up controversy and inviting criticism.
Democrats, of course, have used all sorts of mental gymnastics trying to defend Omar. They’ve said that her blatant anti-Semitism is somehow “unintentional.” (In other words, she’s too dumb to realize how hateful she is, which is not a very flattering defense.) Another tactic they’ve used is simply to try to censor the valid criticism toward Omar by dishonestly accusing her critics of “endangering” her life.
Out of all the explanations that have been offered for the constant controversy surrounding Omar, I’m inclined to think the most obvious explanation is this: Maybe the reason Ilhan Omar is constantly being called out for her anti-Semitism and anti-American sentiments is that she is anti-Semitic and anti-American.
Crazy, I know. But hear me out.
Ilhan Omar has a long, public history of spewing anti-Semitic rhetoric. For instance, in November 2012, she tweeted: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
Democrats have attempted to defend Omar on this point by suggesting that she’s not anti-Semitic; she’s just anti-Israel! But this defense falls short. Criticizing certain Israeli policies or the Israeli government is a far cry from saying that the only reason people around the world support Israel is that the “scary Jews” have some deceptive, magical hypnotic power by which they control others.
Omar also tweeted that American support for Israel is “all about the benjamins” (a reference to a Puff Daddy song about $100 bills), implying that the “scary Jews” buy political support for Israel with all their dirty Jew-money. Democrats, again, tried to say that she was merely criticizing Israel with this comment, but that defense doesn’t hold water. Her comments had nothing to do with the Israeli government. It was a blatant anti-Semitic trope.
Shortly after Omar drew widespread criticism for her previous anti-Semitic statement, she made another one. During a panel discussion in at a bookstore in D.C., she accused American Jews of having dual loyalty to Israel, which is an anti-Semitic trope that has been used against Jews for millennia.
In addition to her anti-Semitic rhetoric, which is so obvious that even notorious anti-Semite and former KKK wizard, David Duke, praised her as the “most important member of congress,” Omar has advocated for the release of a jailed Muslim Brotherhood leader; she has refused to condemn violence against Israel from Hamas; she shared the stage with people who have praised the killing of Jews; she has suggested that Israel should not be allowed to exist; she blamed America for an al-Shabab terrorist attack on a Kenyan shopping mall in 2013; she openly supports BDS, which denies Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, etc., etc.
Democrats will continue to try to defend Ilhan Omar. They will say that she’s just a naïve child who “has a different experience in the use of words,” as Nancy Pelosi hilariously put it. They will continue trying to deflect and distract from her anti-Semitism by accusing conservatives of being mean for pointing it out. But Americans know better.
Occam’s Razor is a logical principle that states that the simpler solutions are more likely to be correct than complex ones. What is the simplest explanation for the constant controversy surrounding Ilhan Omar? It’s that she is not a good person.