Rep. Ilhan Omar on America: ‘I Am Ashamed of It Continuing to Live in Its Hypocrisy’

By Staff | July 15, 2019 | 10:17am EDT
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( - Rep. Ilhan Omar said at the Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia this past weekend that she is “ashamed” of the United States of America “continuing to live in its hypocrisy.”

“There is something that I get criticized for all the time—it’s not what you think—so don’t, like, don’t gasp,” Omar said. “It is that I am anti-American because I criticize the United States.

“And I believe, as an immigrant, I probably love this country more than anyone that is naturally born,” she continued.

“And because I am ashamed of it continuing to live in its hypocrisy that I work so hard to make sure that others who’ve had that, like, why, just be American,” she said. “Why don’t you be more like an American, can just continue to say that. Why can’t you be more like an American? It used to be a very positive thing.

“We export American exceptionalism,” Omar said. “The Great America. The land of liberty and justice. That is, you know, you ask anybody in, walking on the side of the street somewhere in the middle of the world, they will tell you America the Great.

“But we don’t live those values here,” Omar said.

“And, so, that hypocrisy is one that I am bothered by,” she said. “I want America the Great to be America the Great.”

Netroots Nation describes its annual conference as the “largest annual conference for progressives.” This year’s conference was held July 11-13 in Philadelphia.

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