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Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, in a newly resurfaced clip of an old interview, joked about people saying “Al Qaeda” and “Hezbollah” in a severe tone — while noting nobody says words like “America” that way.

“When I was in college, I took a terrorism class. … The thing that was interesting in the class was every time the professor said ‘Al Qaeda’ his shoulders went up,” Omar said during an interview from 2013 when she was an activist within the Somali community, chuckling as she imitated the professor saying “Al Qaeda” and “Hezbollah.”

Omar went on to contrast the way people say the names of terror groups with how they pronounce the names of western powers:

“But you know, it is that you don’t say ‘America’ with an intensity, you don’t say ‘England’ with the intensity. You don’t say ‘the army’ with the intensity,” she continued. “… But you say these names [Al Qaeda] because you want that word to carry weight. You want it to be something.” Watch the video below:

Omar made the remarks during an interview on the show “Belahdan” on Twin Cities PBS that was first unearthed by Fox News in February. Omar’s office did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the clip.

The segment in question resurfaced this week — posted online by The Reagan Battalion, and quickly generating outrage from conservative commentators — amid the controversy over a speech last month in which she described the Sept. 11, 2001 terror 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,” Omar said at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) fundraiser.

Texas GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw forcefully came out against Omar’s language, calling her out in a viral tweet: “First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something.’ Unbelievable.”

The New York Post, meanwhile, published a dramatic front page Thursday with a photo of New York City’s Twin Towers on fire the day of the attacks, reading: “Here’s your something: 2,977 people dead by terrorism.”

Omar’s allies in Congress came out in defense of the congresswoman, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pointing out that Omar is a co-sponsor of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund law.

She also accused Crenshaw of opposing the bill, tweeting: “You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, meanwhile, told MSNBC that Omar’s words were taken out of context. “They do that all the time, especially women of color, they take our words out of context because they’re afraid because we speak truth, we speak truth to power,” Tlaib said.

Tlaib also warned that such attention could lead to death threats for Omar.

Omar, though, has a history of controversial comments regarding terrorism.

During the same 2013 interview, Omar described acts of terrorism as a reaction to “our involvement in other people’s affairs” following the brutal al-Shabab attack on a Kenyan shopping mall in 2013 that killed nearly 70 people and wounded 200.

“When are we gonna decide or realize that terrorism is a reaction? It’s an ideology, it’s a means of things, it’s not an entity, it’s not a place, people. It’s a reaction to a situation,” the show host Ahmed Tharwat asked Omar.

“Yes,” she agreed. “What you’re insinuating is what nobody wants to face. Nobody wants to face how the actions of the other people that are involved in the world have contributed to the rise of the radicalization and the rise of terrorist acts.”

She continued: “For us, it’s always ‘I must have not done anything. Why is it happening to me?’ Nobody wants to take accountability of how these are byproducts of the actions of our involvement in other people’s affairs.”

About three years later, Omar – then a state representative – penned a letter to a judge asking for leniency toward a group of Minnesota men accused of trying to join the Islamic State terror group.

“The best deterrent to fanaticism is a system of compassion,” she wrote at the time. “We must alter our attitude and approach; if we truly want to effect change, we should refocus our efforts on inclusion and rehabilitation.”

The nine Minnesota men were facing decades in prison after being accused in 2015 of making plans, including buying fake passports, in an effort to travel to Syria and fight for ISIS, which was at its peak level of activity and held territory in Syria and Iraq.

“Such punitive measures not only lack efficacy, they inevitably create an environment in which extremism can flourish, aligning with the presupposition of terrorist recruitment,” she added in the letter.

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15 Comments

  1. Shari Early

    April 12, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    And her Muslim religion tells them to kill anyone that doesn’t believe how they do. The terrorists use it as an excuse to murder innocent people. I think it’s time she was sent back to a Muslim country and let her figure out is doesn’t need to involve the U.S. for them to kill. Reaction to others beliefs differing from theirs seems to be the only reaction they need.

    • Big Montana

      April 13, 2019 at 9:48 am

      Lock her up until it’s her turn at the GALLOWS.

  2. Annette

    April 12, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Muslims are taught in their quran to lie steal cheat kill anyone that is a infidel , we know her BS game she needs to REALIZE AMERICA doesn’t have a BITCH for a President!!!! She needs to go back to Somali, join their government she is not wanted here . Take AOC and that other BITCH too.

    • Grace Joy

      April 12, 2019 at 10:33 pm

      Don’t forget Keith Ellison, Andre Carson, & every other Muslim that’s been voted into office. They are causing damage while we’re distracted by these bold women who would not be allowed to speak like this in their own Muslim countries.

      There is no place for anyone in our government whose allegiance is to something other than the Constitution. Omar, Tlaib, etc., like to pretend that Jews & Zionist Christians who support Israel have “dual loyalties;” but that’s just deflection from the fact that a Muslim can have no allegiance to anything but making Sh’ria rule of the land.

      First comes fake victimhood (as with gaining special protection & rights, as a minority, after 9/11 so they would be “protected”); & when they have more power & numbers, everything changes to “Majority rules.” Consider that over 670 million infidels have been slaughtered in less than 1400 yrs for Arabs to have 22 countries, & their cult to have a total of 56.

      Anyone can search “Arab lands” or “Muslim lands;” & then click on “images” at the top to see a map. Also, search “Invasion of India,” & the phrase “Over 670 million non-Muslims massacred since the birth of Islam.”

      https://civilusdefendus.wordpress.com/civil-defense/4-stages-of-islamic-conquest/

  3. Grace Joy

    April 12, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    As usual, she laughs at & dismisses others’ pain.

    Below is the link to the long version of the video. Beneath it is a long taqiyya piece by Ahmed Tharwat that twists reality, as per Sh’ria, & even invokes the forged Protocols of the Elders of Zion at the end. Islam is the Cult of projection.

    Some excerpts:

    “The art of the apology is to never say ‘if’ or ‘but’, but to just admit mistakes and move on. Conservatives never apologize, their motto is the three D’s: deny, deceive and distract, and if they do, they usually blame it on the offended victims; sorry if my action/comments offended you. However, liberals can hardly wait to apologize, they believe in redemption and their ego is not as big as conservatives. When liberals apologize they don’t use ‘if’, they use ‘but’. They always have something to feel guilty about it, which brings us to Rep. Ilhan Omar‘s long awaited apology.

    The freshwoman Rep. Omar , finally caved in and surrendered to the pressure of intimidation, a system that weaponizes any critics of Israel, that is full of hype, hypocrisy and dishonesty. Omar’s apology in the first part stated that ‘Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.’ You get the feeling this part was taken in a room in Guantanamo with Nancy Pelosi standing behind here with a gavel.”

    Also

    “What Omar left out in her short tweet is that the role of money in our politics is not just about AIPAC and Israel, yes Israel get the biggest handout from America, $38 billion so far, (lots of Benjamins if you ask me), but it is also about the NRA, Citizens United, the Koch brothers, and right wing evangelical Christian Zionist fanatics. Omar needs to understand that if AIPAC has a chokehold on Democrats, the NRA has the GOP by the balls.”

    “BelAhdan with Somali Activist Ilhan Omar … somali community reaction to westgate bombing”

    You’ll have to rewind the video. Sorry.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj_nkzcvJ1w&t=

  4. Pat

    April 12, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    She is not an assimilated American. She is a pretender. Go back to the country you love.

  5. LST

    April 12, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Filthy vile diaper-headed cunt can eat my shit and die.

  6. Hate terrorists

    April 12, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Why isnt this pisslamic pig not six feet under yet. She deserve to be for terrorism

  7. Ahzz

    April 13, 2019 at 12:17 am

    The sooner this anti-america, evil, charlatan voodoo witch straps on her suicide vest the better!

  8. Earnie Bailey

    April 13, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Hey, Minnesota Americans, what were you thinking? You voted a enemy of the people to represent you? How? Don’t go bury your head trying to blame others. Your vote counts in keeping your country free of radical changes to our government. That is unless the Muslim population has taken over the state. Obama did let millions of the enemy of the people move to America. They gather in areas that soon become overwhelmed by Muslims.

  9. John J Slavick

    April 13, 2019 at 8:05 am

    ote Muslims out of office. Our country and government has no place for non Christians!

  10. Joseph Kempski

    April 13, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Omar needs to go blow a camel. Then die

  11. Cherokee Pilot

    April 13, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Never forget
    Never forget who died
    Never forget who killed them
    Never forget who celebrated

  12. Kevin

    April 14, 2019 at 1:53 am

    Omar needs her teeth fixed before she can blow a camel.
    Her mouth and tongue looks like a lizards mouth!
    Inbreeding does that!
    Send her back to her incestuous tent !

  13. Ginny

    April 14, 2019 at 1:56 am

    It’s time Americans start calling Omar and the others exactly what they are “ Domestic Terrorist”
    We have Domestic Terrorist in our Congress!

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