Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
Many Democrats in Minnesota are getting sick and tired of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s constant bashing of Jews and Israel and it looks like they are preparing to replace her with a different candidate in the next election- if she even makes it through her first term.
Dems that want to replace Omar have been meeting to discuss who they think should contest her nomination, The Hill reported.
It’s typcally difficult to replace an incumbent politician, even one as arguably polarizing as Omar, who in her first two months as a congresswoman has sparked contentious debates both as a country and within the party, The Daily Caller reports.
But even those who were deeply offended by Omar’s comments about Israel concede they have not yet found anyone to challenge her.
“There’s definitely some buzz going around about it, but it’s more a buzz of is anyone talking about finding someone to run against her than it is anyone saying they’re going to run against her or contemplate it,” Democratic state Sen. Ron Latz, whose district overlaps Omar’s federal constituency, told The Hill. “There’s definitely talk about people wanting someone to run against her.”
Omar has provoked accusations of anti-Semitism against her with her chiding of Israel, suggesting at one point that it had “hypnotized the world” and prayed that Allah would “awaken” it. She divided the Democratic Party last week over a resolution that was first meant to condemn anti-Semitism but became a reprimand against virtually every form of discrimination.
“Our community is exasperated by Rep. Omar’s unfulfilled promises to listen and learn from Jewish constituents while seemingly simultaneously finding another opportunity to make an anti-Semitic remark and insult our community,” Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, having the opportunity to speak with her about that point didn’t dissuade her making that statement,” he said. “We were appalled.”
“I’d be pretty uncomfortable supporting Rep. Omar right now, given what I’ve learned about her since the election and given her apparent inability to stop insulting Jews,” Latz said.
More from The Federalist Papers:
No House Democrat from Minnesota has ever lost a bid for renomination, according to University of Minnesota political scientist Eric Ostermeier, author of the Smart Politics blog.
Only two House members from Minnesota have ever lost primaries, most recently more than a century ago.
“While she has created a significant amount of controversy for herself and said things that have offended many Americans, I’m not sure that one could make the case that she is in trouble yet,” Mike Erlandson, a former Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) chairman, said.
Jenkins told The Hill on Wednesday she is not interested in running for Congress, and she backs Omar for reelection.
“Support is really strong for Congresswoman Omar, but certainly there is some acrimony. I think people feel like she’s being unfairly targeted,” Jenkins told the Hill. “I love my job. I’m really close to the people I represent.”
But a representative for Omar’s campaign said that they are not afraid of a primary challenge for the controversial Congresswoman.
“Ilhan entered a 10 week six-way primary and she believes you get what you organize for. She organized her district to win and she’s really excited to do that again over the next two years,” they said.
Let’s hope they are successful in their efforts to get that hate filled, anti-American lady the hell out of there!
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