Ilhan Omar: Don’t Talk to Me About Moderating the Democratic Party
At a rally in Washington on Thursday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) pushed back on Democrats and political strategists who have advised the party to pull back from some of its radical ideas and concepts like socialism, defunding the police, and exorbitant climate change legislation. These Democrats believe that candidates in swing districts suffered as a result of the party’s more absurd platform issues, and they’re calling on leaders to pull Democrats back to the center – where most of the votes just happen to be.
As for Omar, she isn’t buying it.
“As soon as the election was over … we have seen the pundits and some of the leaders within the Democratic Party, or even some of our colleagues, who are freshmen, talk about us getting back to basics,” Omar said. “Saying you know, the Squad — Alex[andria Ocasio-Cortez], Ilhan, Rashida [Tlaib], all of you have to stop talking about everything you talk about, because we need to get back to basics.
“So, I was confused because I thought what is more basic than fighting for clean water?” she continued. “What is more basic than fighting for a breathable planet? What is more basic than trying to make sure we get health care for people?”
As if trying to clean up the water and/or getting healthcare for people are the examples moderate Democrats have been using against them? Ilhan Omar is like a robber claiming that he doesn’t know why he’s being prosecuted; after all, he actually straightened a picture on the homeowner’s wall when he walked past it. They should be thanking him!
The frictions inside the Democratic Party quickly became public after the election thanks to a caucus phone call in which Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), who just narrowly held on to her seat, railed against the radicals for causing House Democrats to lose much of their majority.
“We lost races we shouldn’t have lost,” Spanberger said. “Defund the police almost cost me my race because of an attack ad. Don’t say socialism ever again. We need to get back to basics.”
But Omar was defiant in her speech.
“People will talk about kitchen table issues,” she said Thursday, “and everything that we fight for, to me, is what my family discusses at the kitchen table — that is what your family discusses at the kitchen table.”
Well, we don’t doubt that’s true of Omar and the people who showed up to her little socialist rally, but it’s definitely not true of most Americans. They might discuss things like defunding the police, but only to talk about how moonbat insane it is.
Even so, the idea of dragging the Democratic Party back to anything resembling the “center” is probably a lost cause.