Democrat freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar blasted President Barack Obama in an interview published Friday, arguing the former president “pretty face” commander-in-chief “got away with murder” because he is “polished.”
Citing the “caging of kids” at the Mexican border and the “droning of countries around the world,” Omar claimed Obama’s agenda of hope and change was an illusion.
“We can’t be only upset with Trump,” the new Minnesota Democrat told Politico. “His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was.”
“And that’s not what we should be looking for anymore. We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile.”
The Somali born congresswoman also drew comparisons between the newly seated progressive Democrats who are challenging establishment party leaders to the Tea Party.
“We look a the negative aspects of the Tea Party an not really at the part of them that spoke to the American people, that made them feel like there were people actively fighting for them,” she said. “There’s a resemblance there. A lot of us are not that much different in our eagerness to want to come here and fight for our constituents, fight for the American ideals we believe in.”
Omar’s explosive comments about the popular Democrat president is the latest in a series of incendiary remarks that ignited backlash from members of her own party.
In February, just weeks after taking office, Omar, one of the first two women Muslim House members, was criticized by both Democrats and Republicans for claiming House members were being paid off to support Israel by accepting donations from pro-Israel PACs and organizations.
Omar’s responded to a tweet about House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy’s threats to punish her and another congresswoman for criticizing Israel ignited the firestorm.
“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” she tweeted, a line from a Puff Daddy song about $100 bills.
Omar remarks, which were deemed anti-Semitic, prompted the House to pass a resolution Thursday condemning hate language, indirectly condemning Omar’s repeated ‘anti-Semitic’ and ‘pernicious’ comments — without mentioning her by name.
“We are having this debate,” Florida Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch said on the House floor before the vote, “because of the language of one of our colleagues, language that suggests that