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Rep. Paul Gosar to Self-Quarantine After Coming Into Contact With CPAC Coronavirus Patient

Gosar currently has no symptoms.

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Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar announced he will be personally self-quarantining after coming into contact with a person infected with the Chinese Coronavirus at last month’s CPAC conference.

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Individuals who attended the conference have been receiving testing and evaluation for possible coronavirus symptoms, after it was revealed that an individual affected with the pandemic disease did in fact attend the conference.

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz also announced he’s spending time at home, making sure that he doesn’t have the viral illness after coming into contact with the anonymous person who is infected.

Gosar’s contact with the coronavirus patient seems to have been more serious, as Cruz has clarified he only briefly interacted with the individual. His statement on the matter confirms he was in the presence of the individual for an “extended” period of time, and that he shook hands with him or her.

Three of Gosar’s staff members are also self-quarantining. None of them are currently experiencing any of the symptoms commonly demonstrated by Chinese Coronavirus patients, such as fatigue, fever and sore throat.

Italy today announced a public transportation and quarantine throughout several northern provinces of the country, demonstrating just how quickly the respiratory disease can spread. More than 16 million Italians will be locked down by the mass quarantine.

Fortunately, there probably isn’t any real cause for alarm. But Northern Arizona community members will keep their Prescott-area Representative in their thoughts all the while.

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Ilhan Omar’s Grandfather Was a Government Official in One of Africa’s Worst Dictatorships

Talk about ‘systematic oppression.’

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As Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar accuses American civilization of being a “system of oppression,” it appears that the progressive Democrat has provided little to no public information on her own grandfather’s activities and public duties as a government official in one of Africa’s worst dictatorships.

Omar has described her grandfather, Abukar Omar, as the Director of the National Marine Transport in Somalia in the 1980’s and possibly earlier, serving in the government of then-President Siad Barre. Barre, who took power in 1969, originally governed the country as a Marxist-Leninist before switching his Cold War allegiances to the United States in the late 70’s.

Barre’s government is known as a prolific human rights abuser, persecuting the nation’s Isaaq tribe in a series of government sponsored killings that scholars have referred to as a “forgotten genocide.” Estimates of the civilian casualties of the Isaaq genocide range from 50,000 to 200,000 people.

Omar, who was a child at the time, has also described her family leaving Somalia in 1991, the very year that President Barre was overthrown from power in a revolution that continues to have a destabilizing effect on the East African nation to this day.

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It’s of some public interest that a more thorough explanation of Akubar Omar’s duties as an official serving under Siad Barre be provided, especially considering the former Barre official was granted refugee status in the United States sometime after Barre was overthrown in Somalia’s 1991 Civil War.

Omar has described her family as understanding that they were “no longer welcome” in the country as a result of the civil war, a development that may very well have come as a result of her grandfather’s work as a nominally high-ranking government official under the Barre regime. Rep. Omar recounted an incident in which what seems to have been a family compound was placed under siege by rebels who vandalized the property in a 2016 profile with the Minneapolis City Pages.

Omar biographies also suggest that some of her aunts and uncles also worked as civil servants under Barre’s government.

An inquiry into Abukar Omar’s official duties as the Director of the National Marine Transport under Barre’s regime was sent to Omar’s press office, and the Congresswoman has yet to respond as of Wednesday night.

Ilhan Omar was also one of the few Democratic members of Congress to decline to formally vote to recognize the Armenian Genocide conducted by the Ottoman Empire after World War I, claiming the United States should be focusing on the legacy of slavery and persecution of Native Americans instead.

Certainly, one cannot be held to account for actions that their extended relatives engage in when they’re a child; but it’s quite rich that Omar has declined to account for her own grandfather’s seeming participation in a very real and historically documented “system of oppression” in any publicly known remarks on the family connection, while castigating American civilization for its supposed injustices.

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