Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) appeared to suggest on Wednesday night that people should “go after” the “folks on ‘FOX & Friends'” and that “FOX & Friends” should lose their show for criticizing her remarks about the 9/11 terror attacks.
Appearing on “The Late Show,” Omar portrayed herself as a victim of political attacks, as did host Stephen Colbert, and at no point during the show did either of the two ever tell the audience what Omar said that ignited the most recent round of criticisms against her.
Earlier this week, a video clip of Omar giving a speech in late March went viral after the congresswoman dismissively described the 9/11 Islamic terrorist attacks — which resulted in the deaths of approximately 3,000 American citizens — as “some people did something.”
“So when you have people on Fox News that question whether I’m actually American, or I put America first, I expect my colleagues to also say that’s not okay,” Omar lamented. “This kind of double standard it really is quite offensive.”
“It is very much embedded in a lot of our culture these days, where you will have people come after minorities for things that they say, that they might have insinuated,” Omar continued. “But, no one goes after people like the folks on ‘Fox and Friends’ that actually say those words. It’s not about insinuation, right?”
“They actually said that I might not be an American, my loyalties might not be to this country,” Omar added. “But I get called out. They don’t. They get to keep their show.”
Earlier in the day, Omar falsely claimed that Fox News and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) were engaging in “dangerous incitement” against her.
“This is dangerous incitement, given the death threats I face,” Omar tweeted. “I hope leaders of both parties will join me in condemning it. My love and commitment to our country and that of my colleagues should never be in question. We are ALL Americans!”
Omar was also not honest when she suggested that she only “insinuated” the idea that American politicians were being paid by pro-Israel groups to have dual loyalty.
“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” Omar said in late February, in reference to Israel.
Omar’s remarks came after she had promoted numerous other anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and used other anti-Semitic tropes.
In another exchange, “Omar claimed without proof that her ‘Jewish colleagues’ ‘designed’ a plan ‘to end the debate’ on Israel by accusing her of being anti-Semitic,” The Daily Wire reported.
“This is much worse,” NYMag said of Omar’s anti-Semitic remarks. “Accusing Jews of ‘allegiance to a foreign country’ is a historically classic way of delegitimizing their participation in the political system. Whether or not the foreign policy agenda endorsed by American supporters of Israel is wise or humane, it is a legitimate expression of their political rights as American citizens. To believe in a strong American alliance with Israel (or Canada, or the United Kingdom, or any other country) is not the same thing as giving one’s allegiance to that country. Omar is directly invoking the hoary myth of dual loyalty, in which the Americanness of Jews is inherently suspect, and their political participation must be contingent upon proving their patriotism.”