Nikki Haley Buries Ilhan Omar for Blaming Venezuela Crisis on United States


A disappointing and infuriating pattern has become obvious with regard to Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, in that every few weeks or so she utters something outrageous and controversial that comes across to most people as anti-American and/or anti-Semitic.

Almost as if by clockwork, Omar has once again sparked controversy with a statement that doesn’t align well with most Americans.

This time, she seemingly expressed support for the dictatorial socialist regime of Venezuela and said that U.S. economic sanctions against it were a form of “bullying” responsible for the utter devastation and suffering of the Venezuelan people.

Omar’s remarks came during an interview on Wednesday with a far-left media outlet known as Democracy Now!, in which the congresswoman was asked for her take on the uprising of people led by democratically elected opposition leader Juan Guaido, who the Trump administration supports in efforts to unseat socialist regime leader Nicolas Maduro.

“A lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela, and we’ve sort of set the stage for where we’re arriving today,” Omar said.

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“This particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela, and it certainly does not help, and is not in the interest of, the United States,” she added.

Set aside for a moment the hypocritical fact that Omar suggested that economic sanctions imposed against the tyrannical socialist dictatorship of Venezuela is a form of “bullying,” when she is fully in support of imposing crippling economic sanctions against Israel’s democratically elected leaders.

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Instead, focus on the fact that she is essentially defending an anti-American regime that has utterly ruined a once-flourishing economy, starved its citizens for years and is now violently suppressing a popular uprising against a tyrannical authoritarian.

That is where Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, focused her attention in response to Omar’s absurd commentary that blamed the devastation of Venezuela on economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. government.

Those sanctions, it should be noted, have largely been narrowly targeted against regime leaders and not the general population as a whole, as Omar’s critique would imply.

Haley tweeted, “.@IlhanMN the avg Venezuelan adult has lost 24 lbs. Babies have no medicine. Families have to walk miles in the heat to get the only meal they may have that day. All bc of the corrupt Maduro regime. Your comments are so far from the truth. Cuba and Russia appreciate your support.”

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That last line from Haley should be particularly galling to Democrats such as Omar, who have spent the past two years falsely accusing President Donald Trump of being a supportive puppet of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But it is nevertheless true that Omar has now aligned herself with Russia and communist Cuba, who support the continuation of the Maduro regime, and stands directly opposed to her own government’s support for freedom and liberty for the oppressed Venezuelan people.

The horrifying devastation in Venezuela includes starving citizens eating their own family pets to survive and roving bands of armed Maduro supporters suppressing protests from the overwhelmingly disarmed populace or armored military vehicles being used to run over protesters. It’s the inevitable outcome of the socialist policies from a Marxist regime that has governed the formerly prosperous nation for years now.

U.S. sanctions against the Maduro regime did not cause that devastation; Maduro’s policies, and those from the late dictator Hugo Chavez before him, are solely responsible for the deprivation, destruction and death being suffered.

Anyone who argues otherwise is little more than an apologist for a murderous socialist dictator — but as infuriating as it is to see a sitting member of Congress adopt that disgraceful position, it is rather unsurprising to find that it is Omar who has done so.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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