After Rep. Ilhan Omar described President Donald Trump’s campaign rallies as those of the KKK, outraged Republicans pointed out this hardly fits with the Democrats’ calls for unity and healing under a Biden-Harris administration.
Speaking with The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart on Monday, Omar (D-Minnesota) said relatives worried for her safety whenever Trump would bring her up by name, “sometimes, multiple times in a day as he had held his Klan rallies throughout the country.”
Wow. @IlhanMN just referred to Trump rallies as “Klan Rallies”
This is what Ilhan Omar thinks of the 73 million people that Voted for President Trump.
Please tell me more about how Democrats want to “Heal” this country.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 16, 2020
“This is what Ilhan Omar thinks of the 73 million people that Voted for President Trump. Please tell me more about how Democrats want to ‘Heal’ this country,” Benny Johnson of Turning Point USA said, sharing a clip of Omar’s remarks put up by Republican researchers.
“But you’re all about peace and unity right?” actor Kevin Sorbo tweeted, directly at Omar.
“Ladies and gentlemen, your 2020 Democratic Party,” quipped Trump campaign aide Jason Miller, also sharing the video.
“This woman is deranged,” said conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza.
I will not put up with a woman calling her political opponents Klan members. You can make up fairy tails about groups of people in Somalia, but not here. We’ve had enough. No unity. pic.twitter.com/XNsKBQozh8
— Jon Miller (@MillerStream) November 16, 2020
Journalist Jon Miller, himself an African-American, said he will “not put up” with Omar calling her political opponents Klan members. “You can make up fairy [tales] about groups of people in Somalia, but not here. We’ve had enough. No unity.”
Omar, who was born in Somalia and immigrated to the US as a child, was elected in 2018 as part of a progressive ‘squad’ of young Democrats. The controversial congresswoman has fully embraced the language of racial grievances that many Democrats have used against the Trump administration, calling anyone who supported him Nazis or members of the KKK – a secret society set up by the defeated Democrats after the Civil War to terrorize freed African-American slaves.
Expecting big crowds at the #MillionMAGAMarch. Heard the whole klan will be there.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) November 14, 2020
While multiple people have wondered if they can sue Omar for defamation, members of Congress appear to enjoy considerable leeway in their public pronouncements, no matter how incendiary.
In addition to being less than conducive to lowering the temperature of public discourse, Omar’s description of Trump rallies was factually incorrect, given that Trump’s support among minorities has increased since 2016.
A lot of blacks and minorities love Trump rallies.
— Bill Borden (@Bill_Borden) November 16, 2020
Preliminary results of the November 3 election showed Trump drastically improving his support across the country, but losing five key states to Democrat Joe Biden due to a torrent of mail-in ballots. As Biden was acclaimed by the press as “president-elect,” he spoke of the need to unite and heal going forward. Trump has refused to concede and launched legal challenges to the vote count. The election is yet to be officially certified.
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