Rep. Ilhan Omar believes her 67-year-old father died due to the Trump administration’s COVID-19 policies.
The controversial Democrat lost her father, Nur Omar, in June. He passed away in Minneapolis.
“I remember my dad was in Kenya, he came back into the U.S. when Covid hit because he thought he was going to be safer here,” she claimed Thursday. “My father and over 300,000 people have lost their lives to Covid because of dangerous criminal neglect by Trump and his administration. My father should be here today, so many of our family members should be here today.”
As coronavirus cases surge across the nation, @Ilhan discusses the loss of her father due to Covid-19 complications and the need for an independent commission to look into how the pandemic was handled: "there are people who are responsible and we cannot forget about that." pic.twitter.com/n0kaAEq5jg
— The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC 📺 (@TheBeatWithAri) December 17, 2020
Omar, who has recently been selling crude anti-Trump shirts, supports House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn’s Wednesday memo alleging political interference by Trump administration appointees into the work of CDC employees.
“I agree with Clyburn that it is not enough for us just to issue subpoenas, we have to investigate and prosecute these people who are responsible for these reckless deaths,” she added. “Our president today has not shown an ounce of compassion to the people who have passed away. He still has not acknowledged the devastating loss so many of us are feeling.”
In reality, per the 10th Amendment, each state governor is responsible for the actions of their state. The Trump administration set guidelines, and state leadership made their own choices. Whether in California, Florida, Minnesota or New York, the congresswoman’s beef is with the governors.
Omar is no stranger to controversy. She’s faced allegations that she married her biological brother for immigration purposes, and was caught having an extramarital affair with a campaign consultant — to whom she funneled millions of dollars — while married to her second husband.
Even the left-leaning Star Tribune endorsed her primary opponent this summer.
A.J. Kaufman is an Alpha News columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Israel National News, Orange County Register, St. Cloud Times, Star-Tribune, and across AIM Media Midwest and the Internet. Kaufman previously worked as a school teacher and military historian.