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Ilhan Omar: Americans ‘Should Be More Fearful Of White Men’

In a resurfaced interview from 2018, Muslim Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar declares that Americans should be “more fearful of white men” than jihadist terrorists.

In the video, which is flashing around Twitter, the Minnesota Democrat was asked by al Jazeera host Medhi Hasan: “A lot of conservatives in America say that rise in Islamophobia is a result not of hate, but of fear, and legitimate fear, they say, of quote-unquote Jihadist terrorism, whether it’s Fort Hood, San Bernardino or the recent truck attack in New York. What do you say to them?”

Omar said Americans should fear white men more.

“I would say our country should be more fearful of white men across our country because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country,” she said. “And so if fear was the, the driving force of policies to keep America safe — Americans safe inside of this country — we should be profiling, monitoring, and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men.”

Omar also flatly declared that President Trump is a racist.

“I mean, I think there isn’t a debate about whether Trump is racist. I think he fits into every, every ‘ism,'” she said, smiling.

Omar has previously diminished Islamic terror attacks, including the attacks of September 11, 2001, when radical Muslims killed nearly 3,000 people in America. When she appeared at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) fundraiser earlier this year, she dismissively described the attacks as “some people did something.”

“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” she said.

Trump has hit Omar, along with three other “progressive” Democrats. “If somebody has a problem with our country, if somebody doesn’t want to be in our country, they should leave,” she told reporters this month.

And in a North Carolina political rally this month, Trump said: “Omar minimized the September 11 attacks on our homeland, saying ‘some people did something.’ ‘Some people did something?’ Yeah, some people did something, all right. She pleaded for compassion for ISIS recruits attempting to join the terrorist organization. She was looking for compassion,” he said.

The resurfaced video comes as Omar took to the pages of The New York Times to condemn President Trump — and again complained about America.

She writes at one point that when she and her family came from Somalia, they found a difference between “the America we expected to find and the one we actually experienced.”

“The America we arrived in was different from the one my grandfather had hoped to find. The land of opportunity he imagined was in fact full of challenges. People identified me in ways that were foreign to me: immigrant, black. I learned that these identities carried stigmas, and I experienced prejudice as a visibly Muslim woman,” she writes.

But she did, after all, became a member of Congress, so maybe America isn’t as bad as she thinks.

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