by Candace Owens
The Democrat Party’s new standard bearers are dropping any pretense of patriotism.
Representatives Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (“AOC”) have proudly positioned themselves as the leaders of an anti-American political faction that seeks its mandate not from American citizens, but from foreigners.
In AOC’s nightmarish vision of a post-American society, the democratic will of the American people holds no force. Race — filtered through the lens of her bizarre, fantasy version of the demographic history of the American continent — is what determines a person’s right to be in the country and which laws can be applied to them.
“We are standing on native land. And Latino people are descendants of native people. And we cannot be told, and criminalized, simply for our identity or our status. Period,” Ocasio-Cortez told her followers last week at a rally to highlight her call for Congress to cut funding for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Ilhan Omar was also on hand. The freshman Democrat congresswoman is no stranger to controversial and hateful comments, having recently equated the democratic Jewish state of Israel to the terror-supporting Islamist regime of Iran, repeatedly libeled a group of Catholic teenagers from Covington, Kentucky, and accused pro-Israel politicians of being bought off by Jewish activists. And although Omar apologized for her latest anti-Semitic Twitter tirade in the face of pressure from her party bosses, it was half-hearted at best.
Omar might hate Jews, but she loves illegal aliens. Instead of, say, showing support for the angel families who have lost loved ones at the hands of illegal aliens, Rep. Omar offered teary-eyed poetic odes to the illegal immigrants who are actively trying to breach our borders.
To members of the anti-American faction of the Democrat Party, any immigration enforcement is inherently invalid. “American” simply means someone who will support Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and their ilk, as they’ve made clear with their repeated references to illegal aliens as “Americans.”
Democrats are so entranced by this open-borders rhetoric that they even proposed slashing the number of detention beds for illegal immigrants, a move that would have forced ICE to release thousands of criminals — including many who have been convicted of violent crimes, including murder — onto America’s streets.
When “Abolish ICE” emerged as a rallying cry for radical Democrats during the 2018 midterm elections, it was generally recognized as a tremendous political liability. Since then, however, the idea has continued to find support among the Party’s most extreme elements as the logical endpoint of “resisting” President Trump’s efforts to secure the border and enforce the law.
That’s why “Abolish ICE” is now being rebranded as “Defund Hate,” a softer-sounding slogan that also mimics conservatives’ effective messaging about defunding Planned Parenthood.
Last month, hundreds of thousands of pro-life activists came to Washington to urge their representatives to defund Planned Parenthood and stand up to the left’s barbaric push to legalize infanticide. On Thursday, Omar and Ocasio-Cortez, the new faces of the Democrat Party, stood before a pitiful crowd on the Capitol steps pledging to defund our immigration enforcement agencies.
“We’re here to say that an agency like ICE, which repeatedly and systematically violates human rights, does not deserve a dime. They do not deserve a dime,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Some Democrats are still trying to pretend that they have their own constituents’ interests at heart, but the growing influence of unabashed anti-Americans such as Omar and AOC within the Party is making that increasingly difficult.
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Candace Owens is communications director for Turning Point USA.