To this point, anti-Semitic freshman representative Ilhan
Omar has not made many friends on the political right. From her unartful prosecution of Elliott
Abrams in a hearing over Venezuela to her support of the boycott, divestment,
sanction (BDS) movement against American ally Israel, Omar has become a favored
target of Republicans eager to point out the increasing radicalism of the
modern Democrat Party.
But Omar seems inclined to make herself an equal opportunity
pain-in-the-keister. In an interview
published last week, Omar did the unthinkable.
She trashed former president Obama:
“We can’t be only upset with Trump,” the freshman firebrand told Politico Magazine.
“His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was,” Omar said.
“And that’s not what we should be looking for anymore. We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile.”
In case there were any confusion, that pretty face was a reference
to former President Barack Obama, whom she called out for operating an illusion
of “hope and change” while offering nothing but the same.
Actually to her credit, Omar is maintaining some level of
consistency in her criticism. She
pointed out that it is wrong to blast Trump for his immigration policies while
pretending that President Obama’s administration weren’t the ones who initiated
the “caging of kids” at the Mexican border.
She’s right about that. She also
ripped Obama for the “droning of countries around the world,” another policy of
the 44th president that the left prefers to ignore.
It’s hard to say how this will go over with Democrat leaders
in D.C., though Omar’s futile attempt to walk back her Obama criticism should
give some indication. While they were
recently scared away from condemning Omar’s anti-Semitism, instead pushing a
resolution condemning all hatred (their version of “All Lives Matter”), it
remains to be seen whether her criticism of President Obama has crossed a red
Until then, it’s clear that there is a new day dawning in
the national Democrat Party. Nancy
Pelosi and Chuck Schumer may be the currently recognized leaders of the party –
but the voices they can’t seem to control, voices like Representative Omar, are
setting a course that is unquestionably more radicalized and further left ideologically
than we’ve seen before.