Democratic House Representative Ilhan Omar has been met with a highly disproportionate reaction to her words, holds Masha Gessen of The New Yorker. She is being designated because she is an easy target, a black, Muslim, liberal woman who is not seasoned in political maneuvering and speech. Omar has been hung out to dry by her Democratic colleagues. Even when trying to shield her from potential violence, they are unable to stand by Omar or her right to her opinions. This has invited more attacks from conservatives. President Trump’s tweet that painted her as someone who downplays 9/11 was immensely inflammatory and might risk Omar’s safety.
The criticism against Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar is warranted and directly proportional to her actions, writes Ben Shapiro for Real Clear Politics. The notion that President Trump’s critical tweet of her was inciting violence against her is wrong. Her own comments, which were highly insensitive towards the tragedy of 9/11, did that. Some of her defenders have alleged that she is being targeted with criticism unfairly. Omar has used anti-Semitic tropes several times. She appeared to have downplayed the actions and malice of terrorists while pointing the finger at America. Whatever criticism she is facing is warranted.