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Sunday, March 10 2019

To this point, anti-Semitic freshman representative Ilhan Omar has not made many friends on the political right.  From her unartful prosecution of Elliott Abrams in a hearing over Venezuela to her support of the boycott, divestment, sanction (BDS) movement against American ally Israel, Omar has become a favored target of Republicans eager to point out the increasing radicalism of the modern Democrat Party.

But Omar seems inclined to make herself an equal opportunity pain-in-the-keister.  In an interview published last week, Omar did the unthinkable.  She trashed former president Obama:

“We can’t be only upset with Trump,” the freshman firebrand told Politico Magazine.

“His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was,” Omar said.

“And that’s not what we should be looking for anymore. We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile.”

In case there were any confusion, that pretty face was a reference to former President Barack Obama, whom she called out for operating an illusion of “hope and change” while offering nothing but the same. 

Actually to her credit, Omar is maintaining some level of consistency in her criticism.  She pointed out that it is wrong to blast Trump for his immigration policies while pretending that President Obama’s administration weren’t the ones who initiated the “caging of kids” at the Mexican border.  She’s right about that.  She also ripped Obama for the “droning of countries around the world,” another policy of the 44th president that the left prefers to ignore.

It’s hard to say how this will go over with Democrat leaders in D.C., though Omar’s futile attempt to walk back her Obama criticism should give some indication.  While they were recently scared away from condemning Omar’s anti-Semitism, instead pushing a resolution condemning all hatred (their version of “All Lives Matter”), it remains to be seen whether her criticism of President Obama has crossed a red line.

Until then, it’s clear that there is a new day dawning in the national Democrat Party.  Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer may be the currently recognized leaders of the party – but the voices they can’t seem to control, voices like Representative Omar, are setting a course that is unquestionably more radicalized and further left ideologically than we’ve seen before.

Posted by: Peter Heck AT 10:33 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email