Omar and Al Qaeda
Ilhan did a 2013 interview where she joked and giggled about Al Qaeda and compared them to the U.S. military which she claimed did acts of terrorism (such as the Westgate shopping mall terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya). And she said, “When I think of al Qaeda, I can hold my chest out.” Of course that attack she named wasn't the U.S. military, and equating the two and joking about it comes across to many as defending Muslim terrorism. Especially added to her claims that, “CAIR was founded after 9/11, because they recognize that some people did something, and then all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”. CAIR (a racist organization) was founded far earlier, and "some people" sounded like minimizing Islamic extremism. She's tone-deaf to her own bigotry, but happy to throw the term around casually against anyone she disagrees with. And the left defends her for being far worse than Trump, then vilifies him. Hypocrisy much?