Ilhan Omar’s run of scandals continues.
But now the controversial Democrat may be in over her head.
That’s because she just made this one mistake that backfired in a major way.
After many years of lobbying, Congress finally passed a resolution condemning the Armenian genocide.
In the events surrounding World War I, the Turkish government killed up to 1.5 million Armenians in one of the worst acts of genocide on record.
But because of America’s alliance with Turkey, Congress refused to condemn the act.
After Turkey launched military action into Northern Syria against the Kurds, Congress finally acted.
However, Ilhan Omar was one of 11 members of Congress who voted no on the resolution.
Omar explained her vote in a statement that only made matters worse.
The statement implied the genocide never happened and therefore Omar could not vote for this resolution until Congress condemned the government displacing Native American Indians and the slave trade.
Fox News reports:
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Tuesday refused to support a congressional resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide, saying it was important first to condemn the preceding “mass slaughter” of “hundreds of millions of indigenous people,” as well as the “transatlantic slave trade.”
Omar, in a statement explaining her vote of “present” on the resolution, also seemingly suggested that the century-old mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks may not have occurred at all. She asserted that “accountability and recognition of genocide should not be used as a cudgel in a political fight” but should instead “be done based on academic consensus outside the push and pull of geopolitics.”
The comments prompted accusations that Omar, again, was seeking to communicate a bigoted message while maintaining a veneer of wink-and-nod deniability — even as she has previously called for a boycott over alleged Israeli human-rights abuses, described the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as an instance in which “some people did something”, and asserted that “Israel has hypnotized the world.”
Congress already passed resolutions condemning the slave trade and any wrongs perpetrated against Indians.
Many suspect Omar did not want to vote to condemn a Muslim government for its actions.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.