Is Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Congressional seat in jeopardy?
While businesses, homes and police stations in Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Minneapolis district were being looted and burned to the ground by Black Lives Matter and Antifa terrorists, freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) sided with the people who were destroying the communities she was elected to represent.
“Our anger is just. Our anger is warranted. And our priority right now must be protecting one another,” Omar tweeted.
When the smoke cleared, the Muslim immigrant lawmaker from Somalia, called for the police departments to be defunded. When the riots moved to other cities, Omar publicly supported the efforts of the radical activists.
On June 29, Omar wrote an op-ed in the Star Tribune, calling on citizens to support her efforts to defund the police.
We know this can work. Cities like Camden, N.J., have disbanded their police departments and as a collective they built a system that made all of them safe.
Before Omar was elected, the mainstream media ignored her anti-semitic history, they also ignored credible evidence that the anti-semitic lawmaker was married to her brother by a Christian pastor, as a way to help her brother commit immigration fraud.
Last year, Rep. Ilhan Omar, who was married to the Muslim immigrant father of her three children, was accused by the wife of political consultant Tim Mynett of having an affair with her husband—Omar denied the claim. In March, Rep. Omar announced on Instagram that she and Mynett were married.
The dishonest mainstream media never questioned any of her lies.
On July 7, we reported about how the consulting firm of her new husband, Tim Mynett, has so far, received over $800K from Omar’s campaign.
Meanwhile, the Democrat opponent of the Muslim freshman lawmaker in the upcoming Minnesota primary is outraising the controversial, scandal-ridden, anti-Semitic lawmaker, and he’s doing it with some help from the Jewish community.
The Forward reports – Minneapolis Representative Ilhan Omar’s primary challenger, Antone Melton-Meaux, raised $3.2 million between April and the end of June, compared to Omar’s $471,624 during the same period, the Star Tribune reports.
That contest leaves Melton-Meaux with a much larger war chest than his opponent, a freshman Democrat and prominent critic of President Donald Trump.
Melton-Meaux is a 47-year-old Lutheran with a master’s degree in the study of the Hebrew Bible and has ties to the Minneapolis area’s Jewish community.
Some of Melton-Meaux’s donations have come from conservative donors and pro-Israel groups like NORPAC.
The Star Tribune reports – Melton-Meaux, a mediation lawyer who emerged on the DFL scene late last year to challenge Omar, told the Star Tribune he raised a staggering $3.2 million between April and the end of June, with $2 million cash left in the bank before the Aug. 11 primary. He dramatically outraised Omar, who took in $471,624 during the same time period. Omar’s campaign said she has $1,111,861 left on hand ahead of the primary election.
The fundraising gap would be striking for any newcomer challenging an incumbent, but it’s especially notable in a race against Omar, a freshman Democrat and member of “The Squad” who has risen to prominence as one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar herself is a prolific fundraiser, fueled in part by her national profile and her unabashed criticism of President Donald Trump.
But Omar’s policy positions and not infrequent Twitter flaps with the president have made her a popular target for conservatives, and she has faced criticism from Jewish leaders and some fellow Democrats for several past tweets and remarks about the political influence of Israel. Omar apologized after criticism that she was using anti-Semitic tropes in her comments, but she reaffirmed her criticism of the “problematic role of lobbyists in our politics.”
The Huffington Post reports – NORPAC, a metropolitan New York City-area group, claims credit for raising Melton-Meaux an estimated $150,000 over the course of three virtual fundraisers in May and June.
Leaders of both organizations cited Omar’s left-wing views about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including her apparent support for the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, as a motivation for supporting a challenge against her. (Omar, who supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, does not agree with BDS supporters’ goal of a single bi-national state.)
“Rep. Omar’s views are way out of step with her Democratic colleagues and the American public,” Jeff Mendelsohn, a former AIPAC official who runs Pro-Israel America, said in a statement.
The pro-Israel leaders also pointed to insensitive comments Omar has made that they consider anti-Semitic.
“A lot of people wanted in on this one.” Ben Chouake, NORPAC
“People are very motivated to get rid of someone who they feel is a racist against them and against their families,” said Ben Chouake, a New Jersey physician and president of NORPAC. “A lot of people wanted in on this one.”
While the groups are offering Melton-Meaux serious cash, their support comes with potential political risks since both organizations raise money for Republican candidates as well.