Omar Once Claimed America Was ‘Founded by Genocide,’ Called International Terrorism ‘Avoidance Tactic’

A 2017 tweet from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) was uncovered last week and shows the freshman member of Congress saying that America “was founded by genocide.”

“We must confront that our nation was founded by genocide and we maintain global power through neocolonialism,” Omar wrote, linking to an op-ed she wrote for Time. Her tweet was retweeted by the Minnesota House DFL Twitter account.

In the article itself, Omar discussed the tragic events in Charlottesville and how to prevent it from happening again.

“The solution is to educate. It is imperative we collectively overcome and make amends with history. We must confront that our nation was founded by the genocide of indigenous people and on the backs of slaves, that we maintain global power with the tenor of neocolonialism,” Omar wrote in the article.

She then claimed that America’s “national avoidance tactic has been to shift the focus to potential international terrorism.”

“With constant misinformation and fearmongering, it is easy to exacerbate external threats while avoiding our internal weaknesses. Our apathy has placed immense strain on society, making it difficult to move forward. And because we have perpetually avoided the truth, pretending that everything has been O.K., we have not focused on laws to protect us from domestic terrorism,” Omar wrote. “We are at a bigger risk of destroying ourselves than falling at the hands of external extremists.”

John Hinderaker, president of Minnesota’s Center of the American Experiment, discussed Omar’s comments in a blog post on Powerline.

“Like so much that Omar says, this is painfully stupid, although—to be fair—it is the kind of cant that one can easily pick up at school nowadays. It would be entertaining to have a chat with Ms. Omar about what ‘genocide’ she is referring to, and how exactly ‘neocolonialism’ works in today’s world. These most likely are buzzwords that she has absorbed without having any clear understanding of their meaning,” Hinderaker wrote, saying Omar “is not a person of much intelligence.”

“Yet her words, though ignorant, are important because they reveal her virulent hatred of America,” he continued. “Hating America is common in the Democratic Party, where Omar is considered a superstar.”

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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].
Background Photo “Statue of Liberty” by National Park Service. 








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