Far-Left Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) appeared to suggest in an interview with Politico Magazine that former President Barack Obama was a murderer because he used drone strikes to kill terrorists.
The Politico article was about her and Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), whose district is next to Omar's in Minnesota.
"The two are framed as symbolizing the colliding forces in the new Democratic House majority, with Omar representing the far-left flank and Phillips the more center-left sensibilities that helped recapture suburban districts from Republicans in 2018," The Washington Free Beacon's David Rutz noted, adding that Omar "wasn't shy about telling Politico her objections to Obama-era policies, like detention centers for illegal immigrant children and the 'droning of countries around the world.'"
Politico Magazine reports:
As she saw it, the party ostensibly committed to progressive values had become complicit in perpetuating the status quo. Omar says the "hope and change" offered by Barack Obama was a mirage. Recalling the "caging of kids" at the U.S.-Mexico border and the "droning of countries around the world" on Obama’s watch, she argues that the Democratic president operated within the same fundamentally broken framework as his Republican successor.
In the very next paragraph, immediately after trashing Obama, Omar stated: "We can’t be only upset with Trump. … His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was. And that’s not what we should be looking for anymore. We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile."
Omar's statements in Politico's report seem to contradict multiple statements that she has made about Obama on social media:
"Happy birthday President Obama! Still can't believe we replaced a winner with loser."
"Thank you Obama for being a source of inspiration, hope and change. I have always been proud to call you my president!"
Omar's statements are just the latest in a long line of comments that have caused a massive headache for the Democratic Party.
Over the last week, Omar's anti-Semitism has captured national headlines and have deepened the fracture in the party, revealing which Democrats still support Israel and which ones do not.
"The comments came after the passage Thursday of a broad anti-bigotry resolution prompted by Omar's prior comments about Israel," Fox News reported. "The resolution and the drama surrounding its passage exposed chasms in the Democratic caucus regarding Israel and marked a coup of sorts for a tight-knit band of House freshmen who — in a matter of hours — were able to shift the spotlight away from Omar’s allegedly anti-Semitic remarks and refocus on issues like Islamophobia and pro-Israel lobby AIPAC."
In a Thursday speech on the House floor, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) slammed the Democratic Party for it's inability to condemn anti-Semitism.
"If that member was a Republican, that member's name would be in this resolution, and this resolution would be all about condemning anti-Semitism — and it would be done so forcefully," Zeldin said. "That member in January had to apologize for talking about a 'hypnosis' of Israel that they have over the entire world. That member had to apologize in February by saying if you support Israel, it must be because you're bought off by Jews. That member called it an unequivocal apology, even though she filled it with equivocation. And now we're back again this time by saying that if you support the U.S.-Israel relationship that you must have pledged allegiance to a foreign government. Except this time that member is refusing to apologize."