Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is sponsoring a bill, sure to be popular with the Congressional Progressive Caucus, that is being promoted as a stand against anti-Islam prejudice. Its actual goal may be to formalize institutional antisemitism and promote Omar’s brand instead.
The debate heating up about Omar’s bill that requires the State Department to employ an Islamophobia monitor certainly lends itself to putting her in the spotlight. Even as a less than two-term representative, she has shown the power to pull Democratic leadership into whatever mission she thinks up to bolster her political resume.
Democratic power brokers appear unable to recognize or address the antisemitic component of Omar’s persona when facilitating her sponsorship as a reaction to GOP attacks on her public statements and actions.
After first taking office, Omar immediately fired up controversy by publicizing derogatory stereotypes about Israel. She accused Israel of “hypnotizing the world” and said that Jews in America buy off members of Congress to support Israel, tweeting that “it’s all about the Benjamins.”
While she has run cycles of offending and then apologizing and then reaffirming her offensive statements, she has never stopped expressing hatred for the Jewish state of Israel. She has defended the Hamas terrorists launching missiles into Israeli cities and described Israel as an “apartheid state.”
Omar is a valuable asset to woke Democratic politicians as the first Muslim in Congress and a foreign-born representative. She has become an untouchable icon among the Democrats’ weapons against all things Republican or related to President Donald Trump.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) recently entered the ring against Omar and the Democratic establishment by poking fun at Omar about a chance meeting with her in an elevator. Angered by Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to rebuke Boebert, Omar sponsored the bill to create a State Department Islamophobia monitor to mirror the existing antisemitism monitor.
The apparent purpose of Omar’s bill is to create a moral equivalency between prejudice against Muslims and antisemitism. The bill does not recognize the prevalence of Muslim persecution of non-Muslims in Islamic nations. Joe Biden’s State Department appears more than willing to go along with official policies giving preferential treatment to nations openly hostile to the U.S.