After a series of controversial statements and gaffes from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), some Democrats are already plotting and planning in order to get rid of her and limit the damage she’s doing to their party.
It’s only been two months since Omar assumed her office, but some Democrats are seeking a challenger who might run against her in 2020 and push her out of her seat in Congress, according to The Hill.
“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,” said state Sen. Ron Latz (D).
“There’s definitely talk about people wanting someone to run against her,” he added.
Omar has been accused of making several anti-Semitic remarks that reminded many of historical tropes and slurs used against Jews. In one episode she appeared to accuse politicians of being bought off by Jewish interests, and in another she accused Jews of having a “dual loyalty” to defend Israel.
Although she has apologized for the statements, she immediately returned to propagating similar sentiments from others on her social media.
Democrats in Congress appeared to draft a resolution meant to abjure the kind of anti-Semitic rhetoric that Omar had indulged in, but by the time they voted on it, it had morphed into a very generalized resolution against all hate, including islamophobia. Omar praised the resolution.
Here’s the latest on Omar’s scandals:
Is controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar threatening Democratic unity?
Omar has opined that the impeachment of President Donald Trump is “inevitable,” but also “terrifying” because of the possibility of Vice President Mike Pence becoming president after Trump.