Far left freshmen Democrats Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) belong to the Justice Democrats who said they intended to go after more moderate Democrats and primary them.
Now, it looks like at least one of the far left trio might be getting a taste of her own medicine.
Folks back in Minnesota have not been overjoyed with the way that Ilhan Omar has been representing them.
Omar has come under fire for making multiple anti-Semitic statements.
And now Democrats are considering primarying her.
They don’t have someone yet, but they’re working on it. Her constituents are not happy, as some revealed to The Hill.
From Fox News:
“There’s definitely some buzz going around about it, but it’s more a buzz of is anyone talking about finding someone to run against her than it is anyone saying they’re going to run against her or contemplate it,” state Rep. Ron Latz, a Democrat, told The Hill. “There’s definitely talk about people wanting someone to run against her.”
Omar Jamal, a Somali community activist, told the Washington Post that he has been in touch with Jewish community leaders about Omar. He said he supported her campaign but called her recent comments, “wrong, period.”
“This is up to Ilhan Omar,” he said. “She has really spoken in a very dangerous way, and it’s going to be up to her to reach out to people and fix this.”
And the Jewish Democrats who tried to talk to her previously about not making such comments are particularly disturbed.
Added Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas: “Our community is exasperated by Rep. Omar’s unfulfilled promises to listen and learn from Jewish constituents while seemingly simultaneously finding another opportunity to make an anti-Semitic remark and insult our community.”
Hunegs noted that he had met with Omar, a Somali-American and one of two Muslim women in Congress, after she initially implied that Jewish politicians were bought. Omar re-ignited the flames later, when she once again suggested that groups supportive of Israel were pushing members of Congress to have “allegiance to a foreign country.
“Unfortunately, having the opportunity to speak with her about that point didn’t dissuade her making that statement,” Hunegs said in an interview with The Hill. “We were appalled.”
Democrats effort to make a resolution condemning her most recent remarks turned into a fiasco, with leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several of the 2020 candidates refusing to condemn Omar’s comments and excusing her actions. Pelosi said maybe she didn’t understand word and others like Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) implied that she was the ultimate victim in the matter.
The resolution was then watered down basically not focused on anti-Semitism and not even naming Omar.
Republicans called out Democrats for their hypocrisy on the issue.
An effort to primary her would still face a big challenge however, given Omar’s district and her support within the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.