Far-Left freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has been no stranger to controversy — both before and after joining Congress. Omar, a Somali native who colorfully describes herself as an "intersectional feminist" in her Twitter bio, infamously tweeted during the 2012 Israel-Hamas conflict: "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine #Israel."
As The Daily Wire's Frank Camp noted in October, Omar has since doubled down and defended the tweet by using the wildly inflammatory rhetoric of referring to "the apartheid Israeli regime."
Each of Omar's tweets, in both November 2012 and May 2018, came in the near aftermath of mass rocket fire against Israeli civilian targets instigated by the ruling authority in Gaza, Hamas — a Sunni supremacist jihadist group that the United States, European Union, and Israel alike formally designate a terrorist group.
As The Daily Wire's Ryan Saavedra reported just last week, Omar hedged a bit more but yet again defended her initial 2012 tweet:
I remember when that was happening, watching tv and really feeling as if no other life was being impacted in this war and that really, those unfortunate words were the only words I could think about expressing at that moment. What is really important to me is that people recognize that there is a difference between criticizing a military action by a government that has exercised really oppressive policies and being offensive or attacky [sic] to particular people of faith.
Omar has also peddled outright conspiracy theories about the sexuality of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and deleted a highly tendentious tweet accosting the Covington Catholic High School teenagers. The tweet had innocuously referred to members of the fringe supremacist group Black Hebrew Israelites as merely "5 black men."
Despite the roiling headlines of late for Omar, news broke this morning that Omar has just secured a lucrative book deal. Fox News reports:
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, a freshman Democratic lawmaker from Minnesota, has entered a book deal worth up to $250,000 for a memoir chronicling her path from refugee to congresswoman.
The book by Omar, the first Somali American to serve in Congress, has the working title, "This Is What America Looks Like," and will be published by Dey Street. It will touch upon Omar's upbringing in Somalia, her years as a refugee in Kenya and her subsequent arrival in the United States...
But the book deal came in the wake of a series of controversies involving Omar. A day before the deal, the congresswoman was forced to explain comments she made that were deemed homophobic and bigoted, after she repeated a far-left conspiracy theory that U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is somehow being blackmailed into supporting President Trump.
Omar's Minneapolis-area congressional district has a Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+26. It was previously represented in Congress by fellow Muslim Keith Ellison. Ellison resigned his congressional seat to run for Attorney General of Minnesota — a race in which he was victorious. The district's heavily Democratic tilt should keep Omar politically safe, despite her penchant for high drama.