Since being elected to Congress in 2018, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) has been embroiled in controversy after controversy as her own corruption has been showcased to the public. She’s been caught doing things like funneling campaign money to her husband’s firm, and she’s been hit with ethics charges for fraud related to immigration, taxes, and even her previous marriages.

Though there are plenty of reasons for Americans to be wary of this congresswoman, Omar herself is saying that if you don’t like her, you must be an “anti-muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-black, sexist.”

Omar made this comment during a new interview with the New York Times in which she whined about how much “racism” she constantly faces in the United States. During this interview, Omar was asked about a passage she wrote in her autobiography, “This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman.”

“I am, by nature, a starter of fires,” Omar wrote in the book. “My work has been to figure out where I’m going to burn down everything around me by adding the fuel of my religion, skin color, gender or even tone.”

“Couldn’t that kind of language be interpreted as a form of demagoguery?” the times asked the Minnesota congresswoman.

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Omar had this to say in response:

It’s metaphorical. There are many times when people will say, “Something you said has agitated this space.” And it’s like, no, it’s me just showing up that did it. There are times when I will choose to not show up, because I know that my presence brings about intensity that isn’t going to be helpful. There’s no one else that exists in a space where they have to deal with the hate of anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-blackness, but also with sexism.

People will say it’s my “tone.” I’m like, you’re agitated by my tone because you think people like me should be sitting in a corner, not heard and not seen. Everything that comes out of my mouth is going to be filtered through the lens of you despising my existence.

So despite all of her documented failings and examples of corruption, Omar sees herself as perfect in every way. If you don’t agree with her, you must just be a racist!

This is what happens when identity politics goes way too far.

This piece was written by James Samson on September 22, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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