IIhan Omar accuses Trump’s party of Islamophobia under threat

WASHINGTON – Somali-born US Congressman Ilhan Omar has accused the Grand Old Party [GOP] Islamophobia and xenophobia after the Donald Trump-led party vowed to kick out the influential House Foreign Affairs Committee when they take over in January.

The Republican Party took control of the House with a razor-thin majority after the midterms were full of disappointment after the red wave failed to materialize across the country. The party is expected to control the 221-member House with Democrats taking 214 seats, but with control of the Senate.

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Kevin McCarthy, the man expected to take over the Republican leadership of parliament and then speaker of parliament, has already turned his guns on Omar, who he insists must be removed from the influential committee, a move Ms Omar has taken a swipe at.

“From the moment I was elected, the Republican Party has made it their mission to use fear, xenophobia, Islamophobia and racism to target me on the House Floor and through millions of dollars of campaign ads,” Omar said in a statement.

“Whether it’s Marjorie Taylor Greene holding a gun next to my head in campaign ads or Donald Trump threatening to ‘send me back to my country [despite the fact that I have been a proud citizen of the United States for more than 20 years]this constant stream of hatred has led to hundreds of death threats and credible plots against me and my family,” she added.

The speaker-elect, during an appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” reiterated his pledge to remove Omar, as did Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-Calif.] and Adam Schiff [D-Calif.], from their committees. He is taking over from Nancy Pelosi.

“Congresswoman Omar, her anti-Semitic comments that have gone forward, we will not allow her to be on foreign affairs,” McCarthy told host Maria Bartiromo, referring to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Omar has long been critical of US policy in the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli war, where she accuses the government of failing to protect innocent Palestinian civilians.

Omar has long been critical of Israel and its actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, sometimes drawing rebuke from fellow House Democrats. It is not automatic that McCarthy becomes speaker, given that he needs 218 votes, and while the GOP nominated, 31 members voted against him.

“McCarthy’s attempts to repeatedly single me out for scorn and hatred — including threats to remove me from my committee — do nothing to address the issues our constituents are dealing with,” Omar said. “It does nothing to address inflation, health care or solve the climate crisis.”

“What it does is create fear and hatred against Somali-Americans and anyone who shares my identity, further dividing us along racial and ethnic lines,” she added. “It’s a continuation of a sustained campaign against Muslim and African votes, people his party has tried to ban since Donald Trump first ran for office.”

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