Rep. Ilhan Omar on Marjorie Taylor Greene: "Republicans Cannot Just Wave A Magic Wand And Attack The Black Congresswoman" | Video | RealClearPolitics

Rep. Ilhan Omar on Marjorie Taylor Greene: "Republicans Cannot Just Wave A Magic Wand And Attack The Black Congresswoman"


Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) fought back against comparisons to controversial freshman Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) in an interview Wednesday with MSNBC host Chris Hayes. Omar said it is Trump supporters who are "making it hard" for people to exist in a society where debate and discourse are to be celebrated.

"Did you expect that you would be pulled into this?" Hayes asked. "Because you have become kind of the -- a go-to figure in these moments for the Republican party."

"Sadly, this is the Republican playbook," Omar responded. "We saw it with Donald Trump that any time they are faced with consequences for their actions to undermine our democracy, they blame Muslims, immigrants, they blame black people, they blame women."

"I just happen to embody all of these identities and I want to make sure that we are clear on this," she said. "This is not about me and it should not be about me. This is about a member of the Republican caucus who has repeatedly incited violence and Republicans can't just wave a magic wand and attack the Black Congresswoman."

"Republicans truly have lost their way," Omar said. "Their party is destroyed. Their base now is conspiracy theorists. It's cowards, opportunists, grifters and sadly they're becoming the looney tunes. These are people we can't take serious. They're not here to do the people's business. They are here to just be obstructionists and make a mockery of not just our government but our country."

"They can hold her accountable," she said of Greene. "They can hold so many of their members who have incited insurrection and helped lead a rebellion against our democracy on January 6th accountable. It is going to be a long road because these are the children that are born out of a white supremacist movement that is taking over the base of the Republican party and we have to wait and see if they are willing to do the hard work of dealing with this awful toxic really deadly white supremacist America."

Omar also weighed in on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claiming trauma from the January 6th Capitol Hill riot said shared she sent a text message to her ex-husband to tell their children she loves them.

"Alex talked about the trauma she is living with and has lived with since January 6," Omar said. "I sent a text message to my ex-husband and told him, you know, if I don't make it out, please make sure you tell my children I love them. This is not a joke. This is not a game. These people are threatening to our environment. They are threatening our ability to do our work. They are really making it hard for people to survive and exist in a free democracy where debate and discourse is supposed to be celebrated."

"No other work environment that is this toxic would sustain itself and we can't sustain ourselves as members of Congress in this situation," Omar lamented.
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