Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has already managed to embarrass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a nationwide level twice in the short time she’s been in office. After being called out for her anti-Semitic tweets last week, Omar made a fool of herself asking Elliot Abrams questions about the long since settled Iran-Contra affair. Abrams was at the Capitol to discuss the current crisis in socialist Venezuela, but as Warren Henry writes at The Federalist, Omar probably wanted to avoid the subject given her apparent support for the country’s leader, Nicolas Maduro:
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), fresh off a rebuke from her own party for anti-Semitic remarks, stirred new controversy by personally attacking the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. The heated exchange between Omar and Elliott Abrams over Reagan-era foreign policy allowed Omar to avoid discussing her apparent support for the current authoritarian regime run by Nicolas Maduro.
The hearing, held Wednesday, was ostensibly about the U.S. response to the escalating humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Omar began by addressing Abrams as “Mr. Adams.” (One can only imagine how she would have proceeded had she known he is Jewish.).
The Trump administration backs opposition leader Juan Guaido, the legitimately elected leader of the National Assembly, who constitutionally claims to serve as interim president of the nation. Approximately 50 other countries also back Guaido, the result of the administration’s impressive diplomatic effort.
Omar also opposes sanctions against the rogue Maduro regime.
The mass starvation in Venezuela should have provided a hint to Omar that Maduro and his cronies were not using the nation’s oil riches for the benefit of its people, but apparently this eludes her every bit as much as the Maduro regime’s blockage of food aid.
Apparently, Omar tolerates large-scale abuses when they are committed by a far-left thug propped up by Russia, China, and Cuba.
House Democratic leadership may soon wish for the days when Omar’s anti-Semitism was the only political embarrassment she was bringing upon them.
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