Rep. Ilhan Omar’s criticism of America is a symptom of a deeper problem the nation must address to avoid falling apart, contends Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
He was responding Wednesday on his show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” to criticism of Fox News hosts by the freshman Muslim congresswoman.
Omar said Fox News “is giving a nightly platform to white supremacist rhetoric. It’s dangerous.”
She went further, declaring advertisers “should not be underwriting hate speech.”
Carlson noted it was America that “rescued Ilhan Omar from the single worst place on earth,” referring to Somalia.
“We didn’t do it to get rich, in fact it cost us money. We did it because we are kind people,” he said. “How did Omar respond to the remarkable gift we gave her? She’s scolded us and called us names. She showered us with contempt. It’s infuriating.”
But “more than that, it’s also ominous,” he said.
“The United States admits more immigrants than any country on earth, more than a million a year. The Democratic Party demands we increase that number and admit far more. OK, Americans like immigrants. But immigrants have got to like us back. That’s the key. It’s essential. Otherwise the country falls apart.”
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) July 11, 2019
In another video, he pointed out the hate that Omar has exhibited through her speech.
Carlson said there are “serious reasons to wonder about her judgment and her competence.”
“The evidence suggests she is an extremist on virtually every topic. And has been for quite some time,” he said. “For instance, there was the time that she was angry that people seemed to treat al-Qaida with more hostility than they treat the United States.”
In an interview, Omar complained that a college teacher’s “shoulders went up” whenever he said al-Qaida.
“You don’t say ‘America’ with intensity,” she complained.
Carlson also noted Omar dismissed the attack by Muslims on America on 9/11 that cost nearly 3,000 lives as “some people did something.”
She’s also called for eliminating federal agencies, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, responsible for upholding the nation’s immigration laws.
She even attacked Christians on the issue of abortion.
“Religious fundamentalists are currently trying to manipulate state laws in order to impose their beliefs on an entire society, all with complete disregard for the voices and the rights of American women,” she complained.
In an opinion piece published by FoxNews.com, Carlson said it’s hurtful when immigrants shower the nation that rescued them with “contempt.”
He said that in some ways, the real “villain” in the Omar story isn’t Omar.
It’s the “cultural gatekeepers who stoke the resentment of new arrivals and turn them into grievance mongers like Ilhan Omar,” he said.
“The left did that to her, and to us. Blame them first,” he said.
“They hate it when you say true things. Ilhan Omar and her allies in Congress immediately demanded that this show be pulled off the air. They didn’t rebut what we said, any of our points, or even acknowledge them. They just try to silence us.”
Carlson later interviewed Brooke Goldstein of the Lawfare Project, which exposes the abuse of the judicial system, including by radical Muslim groups, to undermine the nation’s values.
She told Carlson: “This is a woman who by the way called you a white supremacist. The irony there is that if she wasn’t a member of Congress, she’d be a member of the KKK. … She’s built a career on attacking American Jews.”
Goldstein recalled Omar’s anti-Semitic tweets, including her insinuation that Jews have dual loyalty.
“She has tweeted support for Hamas. These things have nothing to do with Israel,” Goldstein said. “They are direct attacks on American Jews, a minority community in the United States. And what she does is she hides behind the fact No. 1 that she is a Muslim, and a woman as though that insulates her from criticism and anybody who criticizes her or what she says is automatically Islamophobic or racist.”
Carlson’s comment that Omar has “undisguised contempt for the United States” prompted her to call him a “racist fool.”
“We should be having a conversation about eliminating their existence,” she said.
Omar has been in the spotlight since her first days in Congress in January, beginning with a series of anti-Semitic remarks on Twitter that prompted a House resolution condemning hateful speech.
She first came under fire for tweeting in 2012 that “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
In February, she insinuated in a tweet that politicians in the U.S. were bought by AIPAC, the non-partisan group seeking to foster relations between the U.S. and Israel.
She followed that tweet with another that echoed the anti-Semitic “dual loyalty” trope. Pro-Israel activists, she said, were pushing members of Congress to have “allegiance to a foreign country.”
In April, she told Muslims at a Council on American-Islamic Relations fundraiser that the 9/11 terror attacks amounted to “some people did something.”
In addition, she’s been confronted with charges that she committed immigration fraud by marrying her brother. Omar vehemently denies the claim, and her suppression of records has hindered any official verification. Nevertheless, investigations by conservative media outlets such as Powerline, PJ Media and Alpha News have uncovered evidence that Omar has refused to rebut. She and her office have charged only that it’s a private matter and inquiries from “the right” are merely motivated by “Islamophobia.”
Then last month the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported investigative documents released by the state agency “have given fresh life to lingering questions about the marital history of Rep. Ilhan Omar and whether she once married a man — possibly her own brother — to skirt immigration laws.”
Along with documenting her illegal filing of tax returns with a man who was not her legal husband, the new documents obtained by the Star Tribune reveal the Omar campaign’s efforts in 2018 to keep the story of her marriage to Elmi out of the media.