Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is under fire yet again after she refused to give a proper vote on a resolution condemning the Muslim butchery that the Ottoman Turks inflicted on the Armenians in the early 20th century.
Omar only voted “present” on a successful resolution that called what the Turks did to the Armenians a genocide. In her statement after the fact, she used the alleged crimes of white America as an excuse for her cowardice.
Omar's office has sent this statement to CNN explaining her present vote: pic.twitter.com/Gpj198jx0p
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) October 29, 2019
Armenian advocacy groups are not happy with Omar for her unwillingness to call out the barbarians of Turkey for the crimes perpetrated against their people, which stand amongst the worst in history.
Omar’s “votes and actions … do not represent the best of American or Muslim values,” said Van Krikorian, who co-chairs the Armenian Assembly of America. “Innocent people were and are being slaughtered, and there is a universal need to defend the victims of genocide and ethnic cleansing, not to stand with or defer to the murderers.”
“It worries us,” said Aram Hamparian, the executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, responding to Omar’s statement in a phone interview to NBC News. “It reminds us of talking points from Ankara.”
The American Council of America believes that Omar is using “official genocide denialist rhetoric to justify her silence.” Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter, who cannot return to Turkey because he would be imprisoned due to his public criticism of Islamic dictator Recep Erdogan, blasted Omar in a social media post as well.
What an absolute disappointment and shame that the only democrat who did NOT support the Turkish bill aiming to stop the killing of innocent people is @IlhanMN who seems like on #DictatorErdogan ‘s payroll working for his interests, but not for the American people and democracy!
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) October 30, 2019
Even prominent liberals who have stood with Omar in the past can see that her excuses for voting present do not hold up.
Congress has passed many resolutions condemning abuses against Native Americans and slavery. It has never passed a resolution condemning the Armenian genocide. That's why Ilhan Omars explanation here rings hollow https://t.co/HztWDR8zGf
— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) October 29, 2019
Omar’s constituents are putting her through the ringer as well for her shameful inaction.
“If [she] is going to be representing our community here, she should hear us,” said Michele Byfield Angell, the parish council chair at St. Sahag Armenian Church in St. Paul, to the Star Tribune. “If she’s voting present as acknowledging it but not doing anything about it, then what is she doing?”
The House passed the resolution, H.Res. 296, by a 405-11 vote on Tuesday. Shamefully, 11 Republican legislators voted against the resolution, which prevented the measure from being approved unanimously.
The dissent against the resolution shows that radical Islam wields considerable power over members of both major political parties in the US, but no lawmaker represents their interests more boldly than the vehemently anti-Semitic, anti-American Omar of Minnesota.
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