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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar quickly rose through the ranks of the Democratic House and is not being harshly criticized, according to The Western Journal.

Omar was promoted to vice chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on Africa and global human rights issues.

“Upholding basic human rights around the world is a core priority for me and the Fifth District of Minnesota,” Omar said in a statement. “As someone who represents a large African diaspora community and is the first African-born immigrant to serve in Congress, I am particularly excited to play a leadership role in overseeing our international aid and foreign policy on the continent.”

“The idea that Ilhan Omar is even on the foreign affairs, foreign relations committee, is absurd,” Pete Hegseth said.

“Now she’s a vice chair of a subcommittee,” he said. “This is the modern-day Democrat Party — anti-Americanism writ large.”

“It’s kind of like if Eric Swalwell of Fang Fang fame was on the Intel Committee.”

“Oh wait, he is, isn’t he?”

Omar said, “For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it.”



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“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” she said.

“So, to me, I say raise hell. Make people uncomfortable.”

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Hegseth noted her stance towards Israel.

“We know who she is,” he said. “Her view of foreign policy is, it’s all Jewish-financed American imperialism. We’re the problem in the world.”

“Minnesota welcomed her, housed her, fed her, educated her, empowered her, elevated her and then elected her,” he said, “and ultimately when she sees the United States, she sees a racist, oppressive or torturous country. When she looks back at Somalia, it’s blissful. Those are her words, not mine.”

“And unfortunately … her district in Minnesota has sent more of its residents to go fight with ISIS, on their side, than any other district in America,” Hegseth added. “So she’s got a little bit of a terrorism problem in her backyard that she hasn’t addressed. But you can ‘fail up’ in the United States House — and get a vice chairmanship.”

The Coalition for Jewish Values objected to her promotion.

“This appointment is both risible and dangerous. Ilhan Omar’s long-standing hatred for Israel and contempt for Jews and for America make this a mockery of human rights advocacy,” said Rabbi Steven Pruzansky.

“I have little doubt that she will abuse the framework of ‘human rights’ to further her campaign to demonize the Jewish State, as the UN Human Rights Council does on an annual basis. Rep. Omar should have been stripped of her committee assignments, rather than rewarded with a promotion.”

“The real concern is that House Democrats are treating Anti-Semitism as a political weapon, abetted by the silence and even backing of Democratic Jewish members,” added Rabbi Pesach Lerner