Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar is embroiled in more controversy involving questionable comments she has made in the past.
In a 2015 tweet that has resurfaced, Omar argues that United States forces killed “thousands” of Somalis during the 1993 mission known as “Black Hawk Down.” This claim directly goes against what many analysts confirm is a much smaller number.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 16, 2017
The tweet is being slammed for being anti-American and pro-radical Islamist, which is a problem Omar has faced since announcing her congressional campaign.
In addition, the tweet includes the hashtag “NotTodaySatan,” which has drawn confusion from critics. The term “Great Satan” is a derogatory term that was first used by Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeinin in a speech given on November 5th, 1979 when referring to the United States. “Little Satan” is also a derogatory term that instead is used in reference to Israel, so many people are questioning what her intended use of the hashtag was in reference to.
This new controversy comes at a time when Rep. Omar has come under heavy criticism for sharing anti-Semitic comments in the past through twitter and in person. It has caused both Republicans and Democrats to condemn her, but she has maintained her innocence and argues that she is not anti-Semitic.
President Trump even slammed the freshman congresswoman after a speech given to CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.” In the speech, she defended the organization, saying that it was founded after 9/11 “because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
Many did not take this comment lightly, and it incited a feud involving her and other Democrats with Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw.
Concerning the newly unearthed tweet, Omar’s office has not responded with a statement, but online users have responded to the tweet with criticism and condemnation.
One twitter account questioned her words, asking if she was “a United States Congresswoman?”