Tag: Omar, Ilhan

Man Charged in Racist Threats Against Cory Booker and Rashida Tlaib

Federal officials charged a Florida man on Friday with leaving threatening phone messages laced with racist slurs at the offices of Senator Cory Booker and two House members, including Representative Rashida Tlaib. The man, John J. Kless, 49, made three phone calls within 30 minutes, starting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, according to court records. […]

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Ilhan Omar, Harbinger of Democratic Decline?

Spot the problem with the quoted remarks: (1) The Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 was “something some people did.” (2) Last month’s attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, was “something someone did.” (3) The 2015 massacre at a black church in Charleston, S.C., was “something someone did.” Now imagine that a public figure […]

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For Democrats, Ilhan Omar Is a Complicated Figure to Defend

WASHINGTON — When President Trump tweeted an edited video portraying Representative Ilhan Omar as playing down the 9/11 attacks, it took less than three hours for Senator Bernie Sanders to rush to her defense and declare her “a leader with strength and courage.” But when a Fox News anchor described Mr. Sanders on Monday night […]

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Why Trump Won’t Stop Talking About Ilhan Omar

It’s still common to hear analysts speak of the “Trumpification” of the Republican Party — the extent to which it has adopted the attitude and ethos of the sitting president. But this phrasing assumes discontinuity between past and present, as if there weren’t antecedents to Donald Trump in the recent Republican past. The actual relationship […]

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Republicans Are the Real Extremists

All of Donald Trump’s major policies have failed substantively, politically, or both. His one big legislative achievement, the 2017 tax cut, remains unpopular. His attacks on Obamacare have only enhanced public approval of the program. His fearmongering has cemented majority opposition to his proposed border wall. But while today’s G.O.P. can’t do policy, it commands […]

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In Attacking Ilhan Omar, Trump Revives His Familiar Refrain Against Muslims

As long as President Trump has focused on what he said was the danger lurking at the southwestern border, he has also talked about the supposed threat from one specific group already in the country: Muslims. During the 2016 campaign, he would not rule out creating a registry of Muslims in the United States. He […]

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Trump’s Attack on Ilhan Omar: How the 2020 Democrats Diverged in Response

The first reaction came Friday evening, from Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. President Trump had escalated his political attacks on Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democrat who is also one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, tweeting an inflammatory video that implied she trivialized the horror of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Ninety […]

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Demonizing Minority Women

Last month at an event hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Representative Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, delivered a speech in which she correctly derided Islamophobia, a real and persistent problem in this country and others. In that speech, Representative Omar invoked the attacks […]

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Boycott of New York Post Is Planned by Yemeni-Americans Over 9/11 Cover

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The New York Post came under a barrage of criticism last week for a front page that featured a Sept. 11 photograph of the World Trade Center in flames and an isolated quote from a Muslim member of Congress, […]

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Trump Assails Ilhan Omar With Video of Sept. 11 Attacks

President Trump on Friday targeted Representative Ilhan Omar for remarks she made during a speech on civil rights and Muslims in America with a graphic video featuring the burning World Trade Center towers and other images from Sept. 11, 2001, that he tweeted to millions of his followers. The Twitter post from the president stoked […]

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What My Fellow Liberals Don’t Get About Venezuela

Stop sanitizing a tyrannical dictator. My country deserves change.CreditCreditThe New York Times From Noam Chomsky to Ilhan Omar, there is a growing movement on the American left known as “Hands Off Venezuela,” protesting America’s backing of the opposition leader Juan Guaido. Some of them even chant, “Maduro, friend, the people are with you.” In this […]

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Feature: How the Battle Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Is Fracturing American Politics

On June 9, 2016, the committee tasked with drafting the new Democratic Party platform held its second day of hearings at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, in the upscale Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington. The platform, which is rewritten every presidential-election year, is meant to express a consensus among Democrats on the major issues of the […]

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Editorial Observer: The Outspoken Women of the House

“Long story short, I need you to run for office.” — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, then a Democratic representative-elect from New York, in a Nov. 17 conference call encouraging primary challengers to fellow Democrats deemed too moderate. “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby” — Representative Ilhan Omar, Democratic freshman from Minnesota, in a Feb. 10 tweet suggesting […]

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Fox News Bumps Jeanine Pirro’s Show After Anti-Muslim Remarks

Jeanine Pirro is off Fox News prime time — for one night, at least. Fox News removed Ms. Pirro’s program, “Justice With Judge Jeanine,” from its usual 9 p.m. time slot on Saturday, one week after the network took the rare step of publicly rebuking the host for an on-air monologue that questioned a Muslim […]

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Why Some Republicans Voted Against the Antibigotry Resolution

WASHINGTON — The House passed a resolution on Thursday that condemned anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry. The resolution, written by House Democrats, began as an implicit response to comments made by Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, that were widely deemed anti-Semitic, but when some Democrats objected to singling her out, the resolution was […]

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After Week of Infighting, Democrats Wonder Where to Draw Line on Speech

WASHINGTON — Democrats filed into the House chamber on Thursday — depleted and punch drunk — to vote for an overstuffed resolution condemning prejudice — and end, or so they hoped, a week of infighting that vividly illustrated the perils of policing their own speech. “I hope this puts an end to all of this,” […]

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Is Anti-Semitism Exceptional?

Like most places, America has always had potent strains of anti-Semitism — crude and polished, K.K.K. and country club. But unlike many places, we have always had important strains of philo-Semitism as well; there is a long American tradition, with both Protestant and Enlightenment roots, of really liking Judaism and the Jews. And so the […]

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Ilhan Omar’s Microaggression

The identity politics fiasco surrounding Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has been excruciating. Half of me is angry at her. The other half is furious for her. Among the most basic anti-Semitic tropes are these: Jews employ semi-occult powers to control world events; they manipulate hapless gentiles with their money; and Jews in the diaspora are […]

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‘She Had a Poor Choice of Words’: Ilhan Omar’s Constituents Grapple With Her Remarks

MINNEAPOLIS — When Mohamed Ahmed’s third-grade daughter was assigned a school report about an African-American she admired, she chose to study her newly elected congresswoman, Ilhan Omar. “She’s a hero to my daughters,” said Mr. Ahmed, who like the congresswoman is Somali-American. “She’s an idol. They look up to her. They aspire to be her.” […]

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House Plans Vote Thursday on Resolution Condemning Bigotry

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders are planning to put a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and bigotry on the House floor for a vote on Thursday, hoping to put to rest the internal uproar that erupted after Representative Ilhan Omar insinuated that backers of Israel exhibit dual loyalty. “I see everything as an opportunity,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told […]

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