Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday, July 7, said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) should resign after she called for the “dismantling” of the U.S. political and economic systems.
During an event Tuesday with members of the Minnesota People of Color and Indigenous Caucus in her home state, Omar said, “As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequality. We cannot stop at [the] criminal justice system. We must begin the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.”
Omar’s remarks drew condemnation from Blackburn who described her as a ‘threat’ to U.S. democracy.
“Ilhan Omar took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution, not shred it. Omar and her Marxist comrades are a threat to our Democracy. Omar should resign,” Blackburn tweeted.
Ilhan Omar took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution, not shred it. Omar and her Marxist comrades are a threat to our Democracy. Omar should resign.https://t.co/ujBGxbWXtR
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) July 7, 2020
Last month, Omar also called for the Minneapolis Police Department to be dismantled in the wake of George Floyd’s death at Minneapolis police’s hands, calling it “rotten at the root.”
“You can’t really reform a department that is rotten to the root. What you can do is rebuild,” Omar told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“And so this is our opportunity, you know, as a city to come together and have the conversation of what public safety looks like, who enforces the most dangerous crimes that take place in our community,” she added. “And just like San Francisco did, right now, they’re moving toward a process where there is a separation of the kind of crimes that solicit the help of, you know, officers and the kind of crimes that we should have someone else respond to.”
The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously last month to pass a proposal to amend the city charter, which would allow the Minneapolis Police Department to be replaced by a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.
The New York Post published an article on Tuesday that Omar “has continued quietly funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to her new husband’s consulting firm.”
Campaign data shows Omar has paid Tim Mynett’s consulting firm a total of more than $878,000 since 2018, including $189,000 just weeks after they announced their marriage, the New York Post reported.
“It should not be allowed,” said attorney Richard Painter, who served as a chief ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush’s administration. “I think it’s a horrible idea to allow it, given the amount of money that goes into these campaigns from special interests.”