WASHINGTON: Ilhan Omar does not like white people. Her dislike, like any other brand of racism, is visceral. She seems not to understand that white is a color, too. Based on the photos I have seen of her, she cares as little for generic white women as she does for white people in general. Do a Google Image search. In hundreds of photos, she appears with few white women. Nancy Pelosi. A few trans women/people in drag. But not many pictures with women like me. Middle class, Midwestern-born women.
Ilhan Omar would not respect my heritage, which includes at least six Revolutionary War and Civil War fighters, mostly from New England. They were Yankees. Abolitionists. In no case can we confirm that any of my ancestors owned a slave. In the 1700 and 1800’s, they were mostly hardworking folks. Harness makers, plumbers. In the 1900s, electricians.
My dad grew up in Cicero, in an integrated community. A World War II Naval vet, he served with people from all walks of life. His work after the war was blue-collar, manual labor. He spent a lifetime working with and for all kinds of people. Today we would call them “diverse”.
I never encountered open racial hate until I moved to Washington, DC. Then it came from co-workers, predominately black, who did not like the new “cracker.” They sounded like Ilhan Omar.
My father explained to me that the 1968 Democrat Convention in Chicago was not about politics, but about hate. And that it was stupid hate. He died in 2017. And he would be disappointed to see that once again, American Democratic party politics are about hate. He would also be disgusted.
Of that I am certain. Because I am.
Ilhan Omar hates me.
She hates everything my life represents. From my revolutionary war hero family, one of whom fought with General George Washington. To the father, step-father, uncles, and fathers of friends, who fought in World War II. We are Americans. I am an American. I am therefore worthy of her scorn. And though I disagree with America on quite a few things, I stand and cry when I hear the anthem. I fly and pledge allegiance to the flag. I thank a vet, buy them lunch when I am in line ahead of them. None of these things is unusual. Americans do these things.
We the horrible, deplorable Americans.
In the last 15 years, our road has become riddled with potholes. The latest and deepest are the holes filled with the identity politics of The Squad. When they speak, they make clear that they hate me.
They hate what I represent. And that is ok. But Omar and her Squad want to change America, not to be inclusive, but to start excluding people. Today it is white people. Tomorrow it will be old people. Jewish people. It is an Orwellian nightmare.
President Trump is not wrong.
People like Omar don’t like America or Americans. We embarrass them with our “sentimental” patriotism. They can’t work with us for a better tomorrow, as Americans. Some, like Rep. Ayanna Pressley, can’t get in line with people who aren’t like her. Who don’t think like her. They can’t just look like her, dance, eat and live like her. She needs them to think like her and say what she would say.
If you look like her but aren’t black as she defines it, if you are a proud American who thinks like an American and not like a representative of your race, Pressley has no use for you.
If you are white or traditional, Omar and The Squad do not love, much less like you.
“We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice,” Senator Ayanna Pressley says. “We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice. If you’re worried about being marginalized and stereotyped, please don’t even show up because we need you to represent that voice.” – Alyanna Pressley
Today Omar refused to condemn the ANTIFA violence.
Monday, at the freshman Democratic lawmakers news conference, hate and contempt, dripped like Nickelodeon slime.
That spectacle went as you might expect. And when someone asked Omar about Trump’s criticism that she’s pro-al Qaeda, her answer was telling.
Simply saying hate is bad and then dismissing the terrorist group would have worked. But Omar, a Somali refugee and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, refused to do that.
Instead of denouncing al Qaeda, Omar flipped the script and made it about white men.
“I do not expect every time there is a white supremacist who attacks,” she continued, “or there is a white man who kills in a school or in a movie theater, or in a mosque, or in a synagogue, I don’t expect my white community members to respond on whether they love that person or not.”
“And so I think it is beyond time, it is beyond time to ask Muslims to condemn terrorists,” Omar said. “We are no longer going to allow the dignification of such ridiculous — ridiculous statement.”
Pelosi’s Democrats refused to condemn Omar for her anti-semitic, anti-white, racist comments. When Omar finally went too far, it was President Trump who said, I have had enough. Go home, fix something and come back and tell us how to do it right.
We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE! It is your choice, and your choice alone. This is about love for America. Certain people HATE our Country….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2019
It wasn’t a racist comment. He said what I would say—go home. Go back to Minnesota and figure out how to make your district and your community better. Then come back and sit at the adult table.
But for now, you and The Squad are at the card table with the plastic tumblers.
NOTE: Laura Ingraham said on her show tonight that Ocasio-Cortez made a statement disavowing Antifa. However, the circumstances of that statement cannot be verified.