Ilhan Omar Begins to Refer to Somalia as ‘My Country’ Before Catching Slip-Up

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) began to refer to Somalia as “my country” before catching herself and calling it the “country I came from” during a recent speech.

The slip-up came during her remarks to a crowd of supporters gathered to greet her Thursday night at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

“We have always been about creating a more perfect union, an inclusive one. One that is not just tolerant, but accepting. And so since the first day this president introduced the Muslim ban knowing my coun—the country I came from was on that and that my country now was on the track of implementing fascist laws, I knew that I had to speak up,” Omar said.

The comments drew criticism from some conservative journalists, who questioned if Omar identifies “as an American or a Somalian.”

Omar made similar remarks during a 2015 speech to the Revolution Somali Youth League before she was elected to the Minnesota House.

“You guys have the ability to make an impact on where our nation is headed, not only here in the United States, but even in our nation back home,” she said.

President Donald Trump has continued to target Omar and her fellow members of “the squad,” including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13).

“When will the radical left congresswomen apologize to our country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used and the terrible things they have said. So many people are angry at them and their horrible and disgusting actions,” Trump recently wrote on Twitter.

“If Democrats want to unite around the foul language and racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular and unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out,” the president added. “I can tell you that they have made Israel feel abandoned by the U.S.”

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of Battleground State News, The Ohio Star, and The Minnesota Sun. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Ilhan Omar” by the Guardian.




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22 Thoughts to “Ilhan Omar Begins to Refer to Somalia as ‘My Country’ Before Catching Slip-Up”

  1. Elizabeth

    No one knows what she might have said – she could just as easily have been starting to say “my country now was on the track of implementing fascist law,” as she does later, but then decided to add in the part about the country she came from.

  2. William R. Delzell

    What about Neocons like Paul Woflowitz who seem to prefer Israel to their native U.S.A.? If we are going to criticize IOC for praising Somalia, then let’s be even handed and criticize these right wing white people who seem to have less loyalty to the U.S.A. than they do to Israeli Zionist fanatics. If Pat Robertson and Company love Israel that much, they should move to that nation and renounce their U.S. citizenship. AIPAC should have to register as a foreign enterprise just as Islamic institutions have to. Enough of this double standard!

    The last time I heard, our nation’s capital was still in Washington, D.C., neither in Jerusalem nor Telaviv! Keep our tax money here in the U.S.A. instead of doling it out to Israel as I work hard for my taxes!

  3. Carol

    I listen to her preach and it sounds to me like everything she said was a lie if so easy to lie to the American people that’s exactly how she made me feel look at these suckers

  4. Diana Hopper

    Omar lies, twists and misconstrues words and contexts just as the MSM Propaganda parrots do. Why did President Trump put a ban on immigration? It is a very simple and practical reason, the same as one would close their door to their house if a mass of people were coming in without knowing who they were. OBAMA flooded our country without properly setting immigration laws. Now almost 3 years into President Trump’s presidency we see the lies of the media and the Democrats have together use and continue to its to develop a false idea of who President Trump is and his Massive successes in such a short period of time that no other president has ever done. We keep finding the truths of the lies and damage perpetrated by the Obama and his Administration through the war that he never wanted to end while our military people died in Afghanistan as he secretly had Osama bin Laden protected in Iran and paid Iran massively our tax dollars as hush money. Obama has been the enemy within and we are finally on the path of exposing all his lies and damage he created to purposely weaken our country to then set a socialist/ communist and sharia for his Muslim Islamic People he opened the door to pour in without measure. Now seeing the illegal procedures that were taken to get many in. So, the reason to put a TEMPORARY ban was to check what was not verified to begin with and to take out the gangs and terrorists that came in through the irresponsible illegal process Obama allowed. This had NOTHING to do with racism. It just so happens that is the people that Obama choose to flood in without safe measures. But in the southern border he detained and built the cages for children and returned more Hispanics than any other president. So Obama in actuality demonstrated racism by being selective to his own Muslims and refusing the Hispanics entering in.

  5. Tim

    Show where “our founding principals were okay with slavery”. If you can’t shut up and stop watching lame stream media!

  6. Allen

    She should be kicked out of office, since she concealed the fact that she married her brother to get him into the country..

  7. Paull Cudak

    Amazing how many IGNORANT Americans there are due to the PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS that brainwashed these poor ignorant people. What a waste of Tax dollars

    1. dolores

      Dumbest people on this planet are this and the prior generations. Pure idiots….Mama’ basement babies and spoiled brats..

  8. Russ

    She finally said what she REALLY thinks.

  9. Rose

    Tennesse Calif will need to borrow your surplus They are now housing illegals and full medical
    Can i suggest a percentage rate ?
    Lets see at about 50 percent
    The Rich will pay you back
    Checks in the Mail

  10. artichoke

    Muslims telling us about our founding principles, gack! Our early experience with Muslims was that the Barbary Pirates even took Americans captive as slaves, and we had to fight them!

    Those are our founding principles regarding Muslims and Islam.

    1. Amanda

      Yeah our founding principles was okay with slavery and genocide as well so your argument ain’t really helping out any. We also had camps for the Chinese here as well. When has America been kind to anyone they ain’t trying to fnck over 🙄

      1. John Mcdonagh

        Amanda, It was the Japanese who were inturned during WW2 not Chinese

      2. Richard Pietrowski

        It’s time to go to your safe space and hug your teddy bear..

      3. Will

        Amanda study a little history. Educate yourself. Camps for Chinese , now that is a good one. We had PW Camps also for German Prisoners and Italians. I have spoke with a lot of Germans that wanted to stay here but we made them go back home after the war was over. Where I used to live was a camp for Italians.

      4. Lonnie Franklin

        There is another blind Socialist. nice language mush mouth!!!

      5. Diana Hopper

        You don’t have your history and facts correct. Also, our history has been misconstrued and information taken out of text books so students are being purposely misinformed. So are you okay with Socialism? There are NO different forms of socialism as they are trying to push. Socialism Always leads to communism. Go live in Venezuela or China to learn what that really is like. The is no utopia as Ilhan is speaking of. There can NEVER be FREE ANYTHING. EVERYBODY WILL PAY VERY HIGH TAXES and all the wealthy people will leave just as they did in Venezuela, and those left will be the slaves for Ilhan and the leaders. Talk to Chinese that left Communism and how it began with all the wonderful speeches of free everything for all the people. There are great videos. Dig deep and educate yourself and compare.

        1. Mazie

          You are correct and it is so obvious, just common sense. If one wants socialism great, just move a socialist country. I am wondering Why you are here? Oh yes to try to change America into the sad state of socialism to weaken her. Why people can’t see this , is way beyond me. Open your eyes before it is too late, Nazi Germany , here we come.

        2. William Aicklen

          Diana – If you are so opposed to socialism you should burn your Medicare card and send back your Social Security Checks.

      6. Why would you want to live here since America is so bad? Move to Canada or the M.E….or anywhere else. Or just sound ignorant and hateful.

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