Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) went on MSNBC on Monday night to claim to host Joy Reid that she and other black lawmakers feel “emotional exhaustion” because they are forced to have conversations with those “who want to turn a blind eye to the injustices that exist within our systems, who continue to insist that this country is not a country that is racist, that our systems don’t have racism embedded in them.”
“I think there is a lot of emotional exhaustion that many of us who are black lawmakers and black people in public service are experiencing,” Omar said. “Because every single day you know that there are ways to transform the justice system, the policing system, and you have to have conversation[s] with people who want to turn a blind eye to the injustices that exist within our systems, who continue to insist that this country is not a country that is racist, that our systems don’t have racism embedded in them.”
This comes days after Omar fired back at a Fox News guest who told her to “go back to her country” during an interview last Friday. Maximo Alvarez, a Cuban-born businessman from Florida, suggested on “Fox & Friends” that Omar and her fellow progressive Democrats are actively trying to ruin America by pushing for policies that they claim will bring about free preschool and community college, free school meals, paid family leave, and higher taxes on the rich and corporations.
“Very scary,” Alvarez said. “And why does she not go back to her country to try to push that. Because she came to this country to run away from totalitarianism. She came to this country for freedom. And now, people like that, it is absolutely incomprehensible—betraying the very country that accepted us just like our children, just like we are born here.”
“Nothing says ‘betraying’ your country like *checks notes* paid family leave, pre-k & school meals,” Omar tweeted sarcastically in response.
“Their bigoted attempts to spin our ideas as un-American is getting really desperate,” she added. “I serve in Congress, progressives policies are popular and you are just going to have to deal.”
Nothing says “betraying” your country like *checks notes* paid family leave, pre-k & school meals.
Their bigoted attempts to spin our ideas as un-American is getting really desperate. I serve in Congress, progressives policies are popular and you are just going to have to deal. https://t.co/hGSuFYRqPT
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 1, 2021
This piece was written by James Samson on May 4, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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