If you listen to the left, the only people who are criticizing Rep. Ilhan Omar are racists and anti-Muslim bigots. Some liberal figures have rushed to defend the Somali-born congresswoman from Minnesota, pointing fingers even as Omar continues to make questionable remarks.
But if the Muslim lawmaker is only under fire because of her background, it’s hard to explain Qanta Ahmed. This week, Ahmed penned a thoughtful Op-Ed for Fox News that broke the liberal narrative by calling out Omar as a fellow Muslim woman herself.
“Ilhan Omar is a disgrace to Islam and doesn’t represent my Muslim religion,” Ahmed — a medical doctor and foreign relations activist — wrote in her piece.
“Omar continues to be an embarrassment and a disgrace for me and other American Muslims with her outrageous, ignorant, anti-Semitic and now anti-American comments,” she ranted.
Ahmed was referencing a string of seemingly ignorant and stereotypical statements made by the Minnesota liberal. The most recent gaffe involved Omar referring to the Muslim attackers behind 9/11 as “some people (who) did something.”
The respected activist called out her fellow Muslim not only for her ignorance, but also for her appalling attempt to downplay the September 11 terrorist attack and link to radical Islam.
“Omar’s grotesque trivialization of a national tragedy amounts to an explicit denial of 9/11 — a desecration of all the lives erased that awful day,” Ahmed blasted. “This denial is inexplicable unless she has strong and covert Islamist sympathies.”
She said that trivialization was particularly insulting to her as a medical doctor, who continues to see the real-world impact of that Islamic terrorist attack on the people of New York.
“I see the burden of Sept. 11 on a regular basis, treating brave and selfless first responders who still suffer from complex sleep disorders — including post-traumatic stress — that I specialize in treating,” Ahmed explained.
“In her dismissal of Sept. 11, Omar callously erased the deep suffering of every survivor and family I attend, and everyone else still impacted by the terrorist attacks,” she added.
She went on to point out that people like Omar seem to be using their Islamic backgrounds to gain victimhood points, but that this narrative falls apart.
“The greatest obscenity in the lie that Omar pedals (sic) is that she — along with millions of other Muslims in America — is somehow victimized,” Ahmed wrote. “Do not believe this.”
There are two big points here. The first, of course, is that Qanta Ahmed is right. It’s shocking for any American — regardless of their religion — to downplay or sugarcoat what happened on September 11, but even more alarming when it’s a U.S. elected official doing it.
And that’s the second, perhaps larger point: The left has veered so far from the mainstream that one of their celebrated voices is now flirting dangerously close to terrorism denial. The fact that we’re at that point — and that so many liberals refuse to call out Omar — is incredible.
That’s before even discussing the bigoted references and stereotypes parroted by Omar in the past. Where were the voices of American liberals then? In the case of Nancy Pelosi, they were making bizarre excuses about how one of their own party members doesn’t know what her words mean.
It shouldn’t just be one brave Op-Ed by a successful and thoughtful Muslim American. It should be a chorus of voices of all backgrounds agreeing that the truth matters, and being honest about the reality of 9/11 is the least we as a nation can do.
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