Unlike the days of old when the young would show respect for their elders even when they did not yet have the wisdom nor maturity to respect them from their hearts, have we arrived in an age where the groundless unsubstantiated accusation self-righteously repeated often enough wins the day in the court of public opinion? Often fueled by a hungry media looking to sensationalize and unwilling to hold young inexperienced politicians accountable, Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota indulges the press, disparages everything said by the president of the United States and repeatedly implies he’s a white nationalist, a racist, and a fascist who should be impeached.
Rep. Ilhan Omar said, “I want to make sure that every single person who is in this country aspiring to become part of the American fabric understands that nothing this president says should be taken to heart … And as much as he’s spewing his fascist ideology onstage telling U.S. citizens to go back because they don’t agree with his detrimental policies for our country, we tell people that here in the United States dissent is patriotic. … This is the agenda of white nationalists whether it is happening in chat rooms or it’s happening on national TV. And now it’s reached the White House garden.… So it is time for us to stop allowing this president to make a mockery out of our Constitution. It’s time for us to impeach this president.”
And she said, “We have condemned these racist remarks. I believe he is fascist because today even Lindsey Graham defended his comments by saying that if I was wearing a MAGA (Make America Great Again) that if there was a Somali person wearing a MAGA hat they would not be deported. But because I criticized the president, I should be deported.”
Now a racist is a person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, and a fascist is a follower of a political philosophy characterized by authoritarian views and a strong central government with no tolerance for opposing opinions and the emphasis on the group or the nation with few individual rights.
Unfortunately for Oman who fits the definition of some of her own name calling, President Trump is, among many good things, a billionaire entrepreneur who at least reduces the power of the U.S. central government with every unnecessary regulation he discards and obtained his wealth by caring about as many customers as possible regardless of their race. And he seems to care a great deal about America.
President Trump replied to a reporter asking “Mr. President, what would your message be to your supporters who were making that chant? Would you say stop?’ and the president said, “Well these are people that love our country. I want them to keep loving our country. And I think the congresswomen, by the way, should be more positive than they are. The congresswomen have a lot of problems. When you look at the statements they made that were so bad and so horrible to our country, you look at what they said John, what they said was something that is it’s hard to believe that they could make statements like that. And I could go page over page over page, many, many statements, whether it’s about us, whether it’s about Israel, whether it’s about the World Trade Center and all of the different things that were said, it was a very terrible thing. I’m not happy about when I hear a chant like that and I’ve said that and I’ve said it very strongly. But I will tell you, the congressmen and women also have a big obligation in this country and in every country frankly, but they have a big obligation. And the obligation is to to love your country. There’s such hatred, they have such hatred. I’ve seen statements that they made with such hatred toward our country. And I don’t think that’s a good thing. They should embrace our country. They should love our country and things would be a lot better. Thank you.”
Includes reporting from the Associated Press