Democrats are dusting off a tune from “The Sound of Music” titled, “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” and applying it to their own mounting dilemma: Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, the outspoken and fervently anti-Semitic Minnesota Democrat.
But the problem isn’t Omar; it’s the weak-kneed leadership of the Democratic Party.
Omar’s anti-Israel sentiments began publicly fermenting almost from the day she was sworn in. Within a month House members from both parties were calling for Democratic leaders to do something.
In Mid-February she publicly acknowledged that "Anti-Semitism is real,” and said, “I unequivocally apologize." But it wasn’t actually unequivocal. In the next breath she condemned the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) lobbying efforts.
This prompted calls for a resolution condemning Omar and her remarks. What came out was a watered-down version that didn’t mention her by name and condemned hate speech in general, including both anti-Semitism as well as anti-Muslim discrimination.
The House’s unwillingness to take any real action emboldened Omar to the point where she dismissed the Sept. 11, 2001 al-Qaeda terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000 Americans as essentially just another day.
Speaking at the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Omar said that “Hate 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.”
So 9/11 wasn’t a terrorist attack; it was a day that “some people did something”? Got it.
Although House Democrats appeared to be deaf to her remarks, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, heard every word.
“First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something,’” he said of Omar. “Unbelievable.”
The front page of Thursday’s New York Post was even more condemning. It headlined, “Rep. Ilhan Omar: 9/11 was ‘some people did something.’” Beneath that was a photograph of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers fully ablaze with the caption, “Here’s your something, 2,977 people dead by terrorism.”
Although Democratic leaders were silent on Omar, they had plenty to say after Attorney General William Barr testified in the Senate Wednesday that he was looking into the FBI’s spying of the Trump campaign.
It was as though his use of the term “spying” was surprising and inappropriate, even though America knew of it for over a year.
“Attorney General Barr is not the Attorney General of Donald Trump,” Pelosi tweeted. “He is the Attorney General of the United States. It’s about time he started acting like it.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was equally condemning.
“Whether it’s defending the administration’s dangerous health care lawsuit or perpetuating conspiracy theories, Mr. Barr is acting more like the president’s campaign spokesman than the independent attorney general he’s supposed to be,” he tweeted.
Compare Omar’s kid glove-treatment to that of Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who earlier this year made comments that could easily be interpreted as racist.
Afterwards, the House reprimanded him by name and voted to strip him of all his committee assignments. Although King maintained that his remarks were mischaracterized, even he voted for his own censure. Omar, meanwhile, continues to sit on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The original question — how do you solve a problem like Ilhan? — can be answered this way: Treat her just like any other member of Congress — treat her like they did King.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.
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