It's Not Just Local Jewish Leaders Who Are Tired Of Ilhan Omar's Antics

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Posted: Jun 14, 2019 8:45 AM
It's Not Just Local Jewish Leaders Who Are Tired Of Ilhan Omar's Antics

Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is back in the news, but not for bashing Israel or her supporters. There was no anti-Semitism being peddled. Yes, I know—we have something new. In times past, the Minnesota Democrat has earned the ire of the Right and the consternation of the Left with her seemingly pervasive peddling of anti-Semitic tropes. She's said that supporters of Israel exhibited dual loyalty, that Israel has hypnotized the world to its evil, and gave some odd lecture, which was straight trash, over the Black Hawk Down incident in her home country of Somalia; she said U.S troops killed thousands. Spoiler: they didn’t. Yet, it was her anti-Semitic tangents that landed her in the most trouble. Her “all about the benjamins” tweet concerning AIPAC and its activities rehashed the money and Jewish influence talking point anti-Semites have spewed out for centuries. It led to massive heartburn within the House Democratic caucus, which refused to pass a non-binding resolution that outright condemned anti-Semitism because more than a few Democrats didn’t want to single Omar out. Local Jewish leaders have known about Omar’s past remarks. They’re reportedly done, not treating her with “kid gloves” anymore. 

So, what could be worse than all of this? Well, now, Omar has been caught committing tax fraud and campaign finance violations—and the local media is sick of her crap (via Free Beacon):

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune editorial board is growing tired of the constant controversies surrounding freshman lawmaker Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.).

"Every month seems to bring a fresh problem" with Omar, the board wrote, after she agreed to repay $3,500 and $500 fines following an investigation into misuse of campaign funds. The Campaign Finance Board found Omar had filed a joint tax return with a man when she was legally married to another at the time.

"Omar’s political rise has been marred by a series of unforced errors, including intemperate remarks and tweets earlier this year that were widely perceived as anti-Semitic," the board wrote. "Every month seems to bring a fresh problem."

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It's not Omar's first financial transgression, either. She had to return $2,500 in speaking fees while a member of the Minnesota State House for accepting money from groups with business before the legislature.

The editorial board said Omar owed her constituents better, given her status as one of the Democratic Congress's most visible new members. She is the first Somali-American elected to Congress, but she has made a series of anti-Semitic and other controversial remarks while in office.

The Free Beacon added that the Minnesota Star Tribune editorial board also mentioned that more investigating might be necessary. 

“It’s not known whether she benefited materially by filing jointly. That is something that voters, who are obliged to follow tax laws no matter how painful, are entitled to know,” wrote the board, adding that—shocker—you cannot file a joint marriage tax form if…you’re not married to the other party. Omar claims she had married “in faith” and divorced her first husband "in faith"; the Star Tribune lays it all out there. That only applies to civil marriage, however. The board added that this mess up was totally avoidable if Omar—you know—spoke with an attorney over this. Tax attorneys exist for a reason. But hey, at least she's agreed to pay up, right?