Rep. Ilhan Omar’s dismissal of the 9/11 attacks as “some people did something” is getting all the opprobrium it deserves. But there’s an aspect of her speech at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) banquet on March 23 that’s not received appropriate attention. And it’s emblematic of the sinister duplicity of Omar’s activism: She issues calls for compassion out of one side of her mouth and appeals for contempt out of the other. Omar is, among other things, a run-of-the-mill flimflam artist. And the left eats it up.
Here are some choice excerpts from her speech, reproduced in order:
Endorsing contempt for protestors outside the banquet: “People like myself and many of the people in this room can care less about what they have to say.”
Embracing love in the face of Islamophobia: “What we know, and what Islam teaches us, and what I always say, is that love trumps hate. Every time we feel threatened, we show up with love and others stand with us in solidarity.”
Back to contempt: “I say raise hell, make people uncomfortable. Because here’s the truth. Far too long, we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen. And frankly I’m tired of it. And every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it. 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.”
And, finally, back to love: “Regardless of how hard Washington might get for me or your neighborhoods might get for you, you have to always remember that we have a mission as humans to love one another, to care for our neighbors, to raise compassionate children.”
You see? She’s just an all-loving, rage-filled, anti-Semitic victim of prejudice.
If you set aside the canned baby talk of her speeches and articles, her actions don’t reveal much in the way of understanding and compassion. Or was she “showing up with love” when she claimed that Americans who support Israel are guilty of “allegiance to a foreign country” and that pro-Israel American leaders are somehow being paid off to support the Jewish state, and that—lest we forget—“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel?” Are all these examples of what she sees as a “mission as humans to love one another”?
Whenever Omar gets called out for her anti-Semitism or anti-Americanism, she makes a steady retreat back to the faux-compassion and understanding, simultaneously vowing to “learn” from her actions and claiming innocent victimhood. It’s then that her liberal supporters seize on her sunny rhetoric and denounce all the criticism that’s come her way. That’s precisely what’s been happening since she was caught describing 9/11 as a null event.
The con artist will thrive as long her marks are willing to be conned. Which is to say, Ilhan Omar has a bright future in the Democratic Party.