Last month, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), the first female Somali Muslim immigrant to be elected in Minnesota’s State legislature, sat down for an interview with KARE 11’s Jana Shortal. During their conversation, Omar was asked about her controversial comments she made at a recent CAIR event in Los Angeles, where she complained about how Muslims were turned into victims after the horrendous attack that killed almost 3,000 Americans on 9-11 by Islamic terrorists.

After Omar told Shortal that she thought “regret is a strange word,” when asked about her anti-Semitic remarks, Omar was asked about her controversial 9-11 remarks. Shortal asked Omar if she understood how Americans might be upset by her calling Islamic terrorists on 9-11, “some people” who “did something”? Shortal explained, “Some people are offended by those four words. They suggest that you were not describing that day accurately, as they were just some people. What would you say to that?” Instead of apologizing for the words she used to describe the 9-11 terror attack, Omar relied on her victim status,  saying, “I think that there is particular bias and a particular lens that people sort of um, critique the words I use. And that is not a bias or a lens that I can get rid of with one answer or one conversation.”

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is not the only Muslim lawmaker who considers herself and her fellow Muslims in America to be “victims” after 9-11. U.S.Representative Rashida Tlaib, the pro-Palestine Democrat from Michigan recently expressed how she too, has felt like a victim living in America since 9-11.

Now, the Somali Muslim immigrant turned MN state lawmaker, Hodan Hassan has joined the victim chorus with Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, as she told an interviewer that 9-11 was the cause of “Islamophobia” in America. Hassan described how since 9-11, she has felt victimized by Americans.

The Minnesota lawmaker recalled the events of 9-11, and claimed that the terror attack on Americans by Islamic terrorists was the start of “Islamophobia” in America, calling it “problematic for people who live in this country.”

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Every day since 9-11, Hassan claims her life has “changed her view of America.” The Minnesota Muslim lawmaker claimed that it’s been” eye-opening.” Hassan cites examples she sees every day on TV of “a problem in a Muslim country,” or “a Muslim person that has been targeted because of Islamophobia.”

“Anybody can pick on you when you’re at the airport because your last name is Mohammed or Hassan. Uh…lucky me, my last name is Hassan,” the Minnesota state representative told the interviewer, as she sarcastically laughed.

Hassan reveals that “luckily” she doesn’t have to worry about being targeted in Minnesota, because “there’s a very large Muslim community in Minnesota.”


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Hassan’s district is heavily populated with Somali refugees. Much of the legislation she has sponsored since being elected is directed at providing religious exemptions at school and accountability for discipline directed at minorities in schools, legislation that would make evicting renters more difficult, and grants for the “East African community.”

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