By Jon Dougherty

Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democrat who has been chastised for her anti-Semitism that led to a rebuke last month from the House, told American Muslims on Saturday they have been “second class citizens” for too long and they should do something about it.

“I say raise hell, make people uncomfortable,” Omar said in Los Angeles as a forum hosted by the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

“Because here’s the truth. For far too long, we have lived with the discomfort of living as second class citizens, and frankly, I’m tired of it and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it,” she added.

Predictably, Omar then turned her ire on POTUS Donald Trump, saying that discrimination against Muslims in the U.S. has always been a problem, but that it has become worse under him.

“We finally have a leader, a world leader, in the White House who publicly says ‘Islam hates us,’ who fuels hate against Muslims, who think it is okay to speak about a faith and a whole community in a way that is dehumanizing, vilifying, and doesn’t understand — or at least makes us think he doesn’t understand — the consequences his words might have,” Omar said.

“Some people, like me, know that [Trump] understands the consequences,” she claimed. “He knows that there are people that he can influence to threaten our lives, to diminish our presence.”

Speaking of anti-Semitism and her rebuke, Omar sort of, kind of, addressed it during her speech (she was one of several Muslim speakers). Again, predictably, she claimed the high ground.

“People say ‘Ilhan, why are you always talking about this particular country and not that particular country?’ My choice of country to talk about is not based on my preference of country,” she said.

“It is based on what country is violating basic human rights. So it doesn’t matter, if that country is being run by my father, my brother my sister, I will still criticize that country … we must also hold those that we love, that have shared values with, accountable.”

A group of several hundred protesters had gathered outside the venue to voice their displeasure with her past statements and positions, but she flippantly dismissed them as well.

“I don’t think any of them realize that people like myself and many of the people in this room could care less about what they have to say,” she said.

It’s hard to see how a Somali refugee rising to the status of a member of Congress is evidence of “second class” status, but this is Omar’s world (of hate); we’re just living in it.

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