Ilhan Omar: Many Americans ‘Terrified' of the Movement That Bernie Sanders Is Building

Patrick Goodenough | February 13, 2020 | 4:24am EST
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Rep. Ilhan Omar and Sen. Bernie Sanders. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Rep. Ilhan Omar and Sen. Bernie Sanders. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

( – Many Americans are “terrified of the kind of movement that Sen. [Bernie] Sanders is building,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) told a Sanders presidential campaign event in Nevada at the weekend.

“They’re terrified because they know his record. They know he is beholden to the people,” Omar said of the Vermont independent, a self-described “democratic socialist.”

“They know that he is going to hold corporations accountable. They know, they know he’s going to make them pay their fair share.”

“They know he’s going to implement policies that are for the people, of the people,” she continued. “And they know, they know that the people’s House, and Washington, are going to function for the people.”

Omar was speaking Saturday at a “Frontline communities of Nevada” town hall in Las Vegas. The city will host a Democratic presidential debate next Wednesday, ahead of the next contest for the Democratic candidates, the Nevada caucuses on February 22.

After the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary Sanders is now considered the frontrunner among the pared down field of Democrats campaigning to unseat President Trump.

Two of Omar’s comrades in the so-called “squad” of liberal freshmen, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), have also endorsed and are campaigning for Sanders. The fourth, Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, threw her support behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren last November.

At the town hall, Omar recalled attending Trump’s State of the Union address last week:

“While the president came to speak to us and share many of his lies and disinformation, we also got to fully understand that the state of our union is in full disarray,” she said. “The state of our union is completely disconnected. The state of our union is devastating.”

“The America that we’re fighting for is an America that needs to look more like us,” Omar said. “One that gets to restore hope. One that gets to believe in the uplifting of the working people.”

During Trump’s address on February 4, Omar sat next to Tlaib, who said afterwards the two had held hands during “moments of triggering.”

The two of them walked out, though, when the chamber applauded the awarding – by First Lady Melania Trump on behalf of the president – of the Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh.

“We ended up leaving, especially when they just went just full-out applause when they put that medal around Rush,” Tlaib recalled. “At one moment, she’s like, ‘You ready?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, girl. Let’s go.’ So we got out of there.”


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