Ilhan Omar Turning Some Heads Over Her COVID Relief Bill Suggestion

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Posted: Dec 23, 2020 5:00 PM
Ilhan Omar Turning Some Heads Over Her COVID Relief Bill Suggestion

Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

A broken clock is right twice a day. I didn’t know such a thing would be so soon concerning Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Yeah, I really can’t believe it either. She actually made two points recently that doesn’t reek of anti-Semitism, social justice, or anything relating to the loony Left. That’s not to say she gets a pass on marginalizing the 9/11 terror attacks or other aspects related to radical Islamic terrorism, among other things, but Omar was right to call out her colleagues for getting the COVID vaccine after screwing around the latter part of this year over a relief bill. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a fellow squad member, was one of those who got the COVID vaccine over the weekend. 

Shots fired. Members of Congress should be the dead last in line regarding who gets the vaccine. They did nothing for months. They blocked a relief bill to millions of Americans pinched during this pandemic—and they’re jumping the line to get the shot. Again, this is reason #3456 for why Trump won in 2016, why Trumpism is here to stay, and why people hate DC. 

Now, Trump has followed through on his veto threat regarding the latest defense bill, which Katie wrote about today. He also issued a similar threat to the COVID relief bill, which he criticized for having checks that were too small. He’s right. Six hundred dollars is nothing after months of economic turmoil for these families. Trump wants $2,000 checks to be included in a new bill. Yet, both moves would be symbolic as this slew of defense, spending, and COVID relief bills all passed with veto-proof majorities. 

So, Omar comes out saying, “We need to send a clean bill with just $2,000 survival checks and a separate spending/covid relief bill. Negotiating everything into one bill is how we got here, since Trump wants to sign a bill with survival checks, let’s send one to his desk right away.”

Yeah, why not. It's also what President Trump proposed back in October. Stacy Washington, a conservative radio host for Sirius XM, wonder if Omar’s Twitter account was hacked because she agreed with it. Our own Larry O’Connor also agreed.

Again, Omar’s brief dabbling with rational policy will be short-lived when this COVID relief issue is resolved. She’ll return to her radical roots, but on this, and JUST THIS, she’s not wrong. 

I never thought I’d see the day that Omar would actually present a good argument on any aspect of public policy, but it’s 2020. Anything goes. We’ve seen odd alliances happen before in politics. I guess this is another one of those moments. To be honest, the fact that some on the Hill are going to cause a fuss over this relief package is shameful. It was held up for months due to the political motivations of Pelosi. If anything, I wish Omar would direct some fire at her as well. And now, as businesses continue to die, the size of the checks might be up for debate.