Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar said she “probably” loves the United States “more than anyone” that was “naturally born” in the country. Omar’s comments were made at the Netroots Nation conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
The Washington Examiner reports the comments came amid criticisms that the congresswoman is “anti-American.”
“There is something I get criticized for all the time,” the Minnesota Democrat said at the progressive political convention, “that I am anti-American because I criticize the United States.”
“I believe, as an immigrant, I probably love this country more than anyone that is naturally born,” she contended.
The congresswoman defended her criticisms of the U.S. and said the country is known throughout the world for being “America the great,” a land of opportunity and of justice and liberty, but “they do not live those values here.”
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The Minnesota congresswoman said the U.S. exports “American exceptionalism,” but it does not live those values domestically.
“So, that hypocrisy is one that I’m bothered by. I want America the great to be America the great,” she said.
Omar and her family fled civil war in Somalia for a Kenyan refugee camp and then arrived in the U.S. at age 12. She has said America did not meet her expectations because of discrimination and racism.
This past week, Fox News host Tucker Carlson argued that Omar is not thankful enough for her success in America. “Omar has an awful lot to be grateful for,” he said. “But she isn’t grateful. … She hates this country more than ever.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN): “I probably love this country more than anyone that is naturally born”
Omar says she is “ashamed” of the U.S. because of it's “hypocrisy”
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Omar laughs as she mocks the U.S. for not living the values of “America the great” pic.twitter.com/7dpSrSJLz0
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