A resolution introduced Thursday by House Republicans condemns allegedly “anti-American” statements by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., after remarks in which she called for supporters to begin “dismantling the whole system of oppression.”
The resolution, introduced by Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz. – and co-sponsored by Reps. Scott Perry, R-Pa., Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., Andy Harris, R-Md., Chip Roy, R-Texas, Ted Budd, R-N.C., Ralph Norman, R-S.C., Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., and Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz. – accuses Omar of having “a documented history of expressing anti-American sentiments.”
It also accuses her of advocating “for a Marxist form of government that is incompatible with the principles laid out in the founding documents of the United States.”
The resolution is in response to remarks made by Omar earlier this month in which she said: “We are not merely fighting to tear down the systems of oppression in the criminal justice system. We are fighting to tear down systems of oppression that exist in housing, in education, in health care, in employment, in the air we breathe.”
“As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequality,” she said. “We cannot stop at the criminal justice system, we must begin the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.”
Asked about the resolution, Omar’s office called the claims a “false smear” and forwarded a Washington Post op-ed in which Omar described receiving death threats because of the Republican response to her comments.
In it, she says the Republican National Committee and conservative media amplified the remarks and falsely accused her of wanting the abolish the entire U.S. economy and government.
“My congressional office and social media feeds were instantly flooded with hate speech, calls for deportation and, as is so often the case, death threats,” she wrote.
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