Rep. Omar: America is a 'Country That Was Founded on the History of Native American Genocide'

Alex Madajian | May 1, 2019 | 12:47pm EDT
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( — At a Capitol Hill press conference, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said that America is a "country that was founded on the history of Native American genocide.”

Omar also said that Trump’s “demented views” are not welcome and that America “is not going to be the country of white people.”

“We are collectively saying [to Trump], your vile attacks [and] your demented views are not welcome here,” said Omar at the event #InDefenseOfIlhan.  “This is not going to be the country of the xenophobics. This is not going to be the country of white people.”

“This is not going to be the country of the few,” said Omar. “This is the country of the many. This is the country that was founded on the history of Native American genocide and on the backs of black slaves, but also, by immigrants.”

The press conference/rally on Tuesday was organized by the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), “an ecosystem of individuals and organizations creating a shared vision and policy agenda to win rights, recognition, and resources for Black people,” according to their press release.

The group complained that after Omar, at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) dinner, said that 9/11 was an incident where “some people did something,” her remarks were misinterpreted.


“On April 12, President Trump shared a video on Twitter that depicts Omar discussing the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks interspersed with footage of the Twin Towers burning,” said the Movement for Black Lives. “The clip was spliced to change the context of Omar’s remarks, which were taken from a public event on the broader issue of Islamophobia.”

“The congresswoman has since experienced an uptick in threats to her personal safety, including death threats to her and her 16-year-old daughter,” they said.

Left-wing activist and former long-time Communist Party member Angela Davis. (Photo by Dan Tuffs/Getty Images) 

“We believe the Democratic Party must take courageous, bold action to protect the life, progressive voice, and agenda of Ilhan Omar and other progressive women in Congress,” said Thenjiwe McHarris, a political and foreign relations strategist with M4BL.

“In a moment where the White House chooses to cause harm through executive action or hateful messages, we need unapologetic, unwavering support for Congresswoman Omar throughout the Democratic Party,” said McHarris. “This means formally reprimanding the president by censure for inciting hate speech and violence toward the congresswoman.”

Some of the speakers at the event included Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and activist Angela Davis, a former long-time member of the Communist Party.

“At this moment, the occupant of the White House (as my sister Ayanna calls them) and his allies are doing everything that they can to distance themselves and misinform the public from the monsters they created that is terrorizing the Jewish community and the Muslim community,” said Omar.

“Because when we are talking about anti-Semitism, we must also talk about Islamophobia,” she said. “It’s two sides of the same coin of bigotry.”

“Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and other party leaders in a statement in February.

“We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.”

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