'Somalian first, Muslim second': 'Squad' member ignites new anger

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (Official portrait)
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (Official portrait)

Minnesota’s Muslim congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, who broke down in a fit of rage recently over America’s support for Israel in light of the Muslim terrorists in Hamas who attacked it, now is trying to defend her decision to make controversial comments about Somalia, her home country.

She reportedly said she is “Somalian first, Muslim second,” thereby triggering a backlash on social media.

A report from Newsweek cited her social media statement, too, in which she said, “As Somalis, one day we will go after our missing territories.”

Omar has claimed that responses were to a translation that was “slanted,” but the disputed reference was described online as Somalia’s claims that the Republic of Somaliland, which says it is an independent state even though not recognized internationally, is part of her Somalia.

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The report explained the dispute is that Ethiopia has treated Somaliland as an ally.

”Somaliland, officially the Republic of Somaliland, says it is an independent state but is not recognized internationally. Somalia claims Somaliland as part of its territory and said a recent deal between authorities in the unrecognized state and Ethiopia, involving the latter developing a naval base, is an act of aggression,” the report outlined.

Omar’s comments purportedly included, “Somalis in Somalia and in the diaspora are united in that effort and I stand in solidarity with them. No amount of harassment and lies will ever change that.”

But an official in Somaliland charged Omar’s comments were “regrettably unbecoming of both the office she holds and the constituents she represents.”

”Her expressions were lacking in common decency and revealed a significant lack of understanding of basic facts,” the official said in a statement.

”Specifically troubling, were her endeavors to revive the once-violent and dangerous ideology of Greater Somalia or Somali Weyn, which caused so much death, destruction and conflict in the Horn of Africa.”

Omar moved with her family to the U.S. from Somalia when she was small. She now represents an urban Minnesota House district in Congress.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., at the Twin Cities Pride Parade in Minneapolis on June 24, 2018. (Wikimedia Commons)

According to the Washington Examiner, she took criticism from conservatives on social media for her comments about Somalia.

”In the video, the liberal Minnesota leader was addressing a crowd in a Minneapolis hotel when she spoke about Somaliland and the unrecognized state’s deal with Ethiopia, which Somalia alleges infringes on its territory.”

The report cited a translation of her speech has having her confirming she’s in Congress to represent “Somali Americans’ interests.”

The “U.S. will do what we want and nothing else,” she purportedly charged.

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene, R-Ga., said the Democratic “Squad” member “flaunts using her position as congresswoman to protect Somalia’s border while our border is invaded by MILLIONS of illegals who are a danger to America,” stressing the need for citizens to vote in November.

Omar has constantly been in scandal after scandal during her time in Congress on issues from her campaign financing to her multiple marriages to her anti-Semitism, over which she was removed from a congressional committee.

She has likened Israel, and the U.S., to terrorists and demanded, during COVID, the cancellation of rent and mortgage payments.

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