Alabama Republicans Call for Ilhan Omar's Removal from Congress
|thenorthstar||Aug 29, 2019|
Republican lawmakers in Alabama are trying to remove Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar from Congress.
The state’s Republican Party passed a resolution last weekend during a summer meeting in Auburn that called for the congresswoman to be expelled from Congress, AL.com reported. Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, has been criticized for her comments about Israel. The resolution, which Alabama Representative Tommy Hanes proposed, states that Omar “dismissed the 9/11 terror attacks” and “sympathized with a convicted terrorist.”
“Rep. Omar has engaged in rhetoric that explicitly runs counter to American values and patriotism by falsely accusing US armed forces of committing war crimes while on mission to liberate her home country of Somalia,” the resolution obtained by AL.com stated. “Omar has a disturbing record of using anti-Semitic language that includes alleging Jewish money is used to buy American influence regarding its policy toward Israel.”
In a statement to The Hill, Hanes said Omar “is ungrateful to the United States and the opportunities that have been afforded to her. Her rhetoric is despicable and unpatriotic.
"The left wing mob has accused our effort of being bigoted and driven by race. I will not stand by and allow my fellow Republican patriots to be slandered. Rep. Omar’s race and religion are irrelevant," Hanes said in his statement to the news outlet. "Lady Liberty welcomes those who seek to live the American Dream and assimilate to our freedom loving culture. What is important is her love of country, her loyalty to the United States. Anyone that holds contempt for America ought not serve this great nation as a member of Congress.”
On August 27, the Minnesota representative fired back at the Alabama GOP on Twitter, noting that she was “elected with 78% of the vote by the people of Minnesota’s 5th District.”
“Sorry, @ALGOPHQ, but this is a representative democracy. I was elected with 78% of the vote by the people of Minnesota's 5th District, not the Alabama Republican Party,” Omar tweeted. “If you want to clean up politics, maybe don’t nominate an accused child molester as your Senate candidate?”
Omar was referencing disgraced former Alabama judge Roy Moore, who was accused of sexually assaulting multiple teenage girls. Despite the accusations, Moore ran against and lost to Democrat Doug Jones for a Senate seat in 2017.
The Minnesota representative has been the target of attacks from Congressional lawmakers. In July, Republican Senator Rand Paul said he would buy Omar a ticket to Somalia so she can learn to be more grateful that she lives in America. The Kentucky Senator made the statement during an interview with conservative outlet Breitbart News on July 26. Omar, who was born in Somalia, moved to the US when she was 12 years old.
“She says we’re a terrible country? I think that’s about as ungrateful as you can get,” Paul said at the time. “I’m willing to contribute to buy her a ticket to go visit Somalia.”
President Donald Trump has also made hateful comments about Omar. On July 14, he tweeted that Omar and freshman lawmakers New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Massachusetts Representative Ayanna Pressley, and Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”
“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all) now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” Trump previously tweeted.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done,” Trump continued.
In his latest attack, Trump tweeted on August 15 that Israel “would show great weakness” if they allowed Omar and Tlaib to enter the country. Hours after his tweet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu banned the two Democratic congresswomen from visiting the country, NPR previously reported. In a previous statement to the news station Netanyahu said the two congresswomen "planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel's legitimacy."
In a press conference on August 19, Tlaib and Omar denounced Netanyahu's controversial decision to not allow them into the country.
"Netanyahu's decision to deny us entry might be unprecedented for members of Congress," Omar said during the press conference. "But it is the policy of his government when it comes to Palestinians. This is the policy of his government when it comes to anyone who holds views that threaten the occupation."
"The only way to preserve unjust policy is to suppress people's freedom of expression, freedom of association, and freedom of movement," Omar added.
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Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in the various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.