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Ilhan Writes In New Book “I’m Going To Burn Down Everything Around Me By Adding The Fuel Of My Religion, Skin Color, Gender Or Even Tone”

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In her new book “This is What America Looks Like” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) writes “I am, by nature, a starter of fires. My work has been to figure out where I’m going to burn down everything around me by adding the fuel of my religion, skin color, gender or even tone.”

Omar is asked in a new NY Times interview “Couldn’t that kind of language be interpreted as a form of demagoguery? Why is it helpful to express yourself in those terms rather than, say, in terms of building things up? ”

Omar replies “It’s metaphorical. There are many times when people will say, “Something you said has agitated this space.” And it’s like, no, it’s me just showing up that did it. There are times when I will choose to not show up, because I know that my presence brings about intensity that isn’t going to be helpful. There’s no one else that exists in a space where they have to deal with the hate of anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-Blackness, but also with sexism. People will say it’s my “tone.” I’m like, you’re agitated by my tone because you think people like me should be sitting in a corner, not heard and not seen. Everything that comes out of my mouth is going to be filtered through the lens of you despising my existence. That’s the metaphorical adding-of-fire. That was a thing in the primary campaign”

Omar added “Ilhan is divisive. My being given the mic to say anything is angering, regardless of what the hell I say. I could say, “Good morning,” and they’re already angry.”

Omar was also asked “Do you believe there’s a connection between what you’re describing — the way you’re interpreted — and the accusations of anti-Semitism?”

Omar has been accused of anti-Semitism multiple times, including her now deleted tweet where she declared “Israel has hypnotized the world.” and referred to “the evil doings of Israel.”

Omar replied to the NY Times question “I mean, there are a lot of preconceived notions about what thoughts and ideologies I have that have no basis in reality. It’s the same way in which people filter everything through, like, “anti-American,” which couldn’t be further from the truth. I wouldn’t run for Congress to be part of the American government if I was anti-American. It’s all dependent on whom you’re talking to. You could talk to Muslims, and they’ll say, “Because she grew up in America, she doesn’t really like Muslims.” Talk to Arabs, and they’re like, “She’s African.” Anything that I say or do will be filtered to create an excuse of why they now are trying to call me a bigot.”

HT theconservativeopinion.com

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