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Mike Pence Renews Call That Ilhan Omar Be Removed From House Foreign Affairs Committee

Mike Pence Renews Call That Ilhan Omar Be Removed From House Foreign Affairs Committee

Omar continues to play the “woman of color” card to try and silence her critics, but Pence has made it clear that he’s not backing down

Vice President Mike Pence was in Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s home state of Minnesota on Thursday and while there, he took the opportunity to renew his call for the freshman Congresswoman to be removed from the House Foreign Affairs committee.

On a segment of “Fox and Friends” that aired Friday, Pence noted she “has made statements, anti-Semetic comments, statements against our most cherished ally Israel that ought to be rejected by every American.”

Pence also again took her to task for her recent attempts to blame America’s foreign policy for the humanitarian crisis and human rights abuses taking place in Venezuela.

Rep. Omar had asserted last week in an interview with the far left “Democracy Now!” program that the United States’s policies have had a “bullying” effect on the Venezuelan people:

You know, I mean, a lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela. And we’ve sort of set the stage for where we’re arriving today. This particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela, and it certainly does not help and is not in the interest of the United States.

Pence responded forcefully Thursday:

“Frankly, the fact that very recently she’s been trying to blame the United States of America for the deprivation and the poverty brought on by the dictatorship in Venezuela, it tells me – look, the people of Minnesota will decide whether or not she remains in Congress. But Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has no place on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Democratic leadership ought to remove her.”

Watch the interview below:

His Thursday criticism of Omar’s stance on the Venezuelan crisis follows a tweet he posted last week saying she was effectively supporting socialism over freedom:

And last Friday, he told Fox News that Omar “doesn’t know what she’s talking about” when it comes to American foreign policy, and he elaborated:

“Nicolás Maduro is a socialist dictator who has taken what was once one of the most prosperous nations in this hemisphere and brought it literally to a level of deprivation and oppression and poverty that we have never seen,” Pence said of the Venezuelan president. “That’s not a result of U.S. policies.”

Omar is, of course, responding to Pence and other Republicans who have called her out over her repeated use of anti-Semitic tropes as well as her statements about Venezuela by trotting out the tiresome “progressive woman of color” card in an effort to silence them:

Why does Omar continue to hold a seat at the vitally important House Foreign Affairs Committee table despite her reprehensible anti-Semitic positions and her ill-informed beliefs regarding Venezuela? Democrats haven’t said, but I suspect there are a couple of key reasons behind it:

1) Considering how she’s quick on the draw against even members of her own party when she feels she’s been attacked over her actions or words, keeping her there may be the party’s attempt at appeasing her and containing her rage

2) Omar’s views on Israel and Venezuela are not fringe views within her party. Many of her Democratic colleagues either outright agree with her, believe she merely needs to moderate her tone, or are willing to tolerate her for the sake of “diversity” and all that.

Pence, on the other hand, isn’t playing around.

Back in February during the backlash over her various anti-Semitic remarks, he first made the call for her to be removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee:

From that interview with Andrea Mitchell:

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: Well, Representative Omar’s tweets were a disgrace. Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress or anywhere in our country or the free world. I think it was right for Democrat leaders to condemn those remarks but I think it’s important that people that articulate anti-Semitic views are also held accountable. The Republican leadership was right to condemn Steven King’s remarks and also to remove him from the committee.

There were consequences to what he said, and unless Representative Omar resigns from Congress, at minimum Democrat leaders should remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. I served on that committee for more than a decade Andrea, one of the things that always united that committee was strong support for our relationship with Israel and a strong condemnation of anti-Semitism.

The truth is anti-Semitism is not just wrong, it’s dangerous and Polish Jews during the Nazi occupation experienced that in one of the darkest chapters in human history. I’ll be at the Warsaw ghetto tomorrow, my wife and I will pay our respects at Auschwitz on Friday. It’s important that the leaders in the Congress take a firm stand against anti-Semitism rhetoric and I think it requires consequences in this case.

In spite of Omar’s best shutuppery efforts to silence her political opposition, Pence made it clear then—and is making it clear now—that he’s not going to back down.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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JusticeDelivered | May 11, 2019 at 2:06 pm

Removing her from the committee is a good start, then remove her from the house and then form America. Don’t forget all of her relatives.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to JusticeDelivered. | May 11, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Aren’t those giving “comfort” to the enemy (traitors and home-grown terrorists) prohibited from being Congress Critters?

    You beat me to it. Go back to where you came from and try what you’re doing here, little twit.

    Milhouse in reply to JusticeDelivered. | May 12, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Technically she could be removed from the House by a 2/3 vote, but Congress has always taken the position that it can only expel a member for an offense committed during that term. And expressing opinions, no matter how repulsive, is not an offense.

    Milhouse in reply to JusticeDelivered. | May 12, 2019 at 12:50 am

    And she can’t ever be removed from America, no matter what she says or does, because she is a citizen, and US citizenship, once legitimately obtained, whether by birth or naturalization, can never be revoked involuntarily.

      rdm in reply to Milhouse. | May 12, 2019 at 6:10 am

      That is true for by birth but not for naturalized. There is actually an explicit legal procedure for ‘denaturalization’.. with appeals and everything. So’ yes, it is possible under certain conditions for a naturalized citizen to lose their citizenship.

        LibraryGryffon in reply to rdm. | May 12, 2019 at 9:20 am

        Rasmeah Odeh comes to mind.

        Milhouse in reply to rdm. | May 12, 2019 at 11:27 am

        No, it is not possible. Once someone has legitimately obtained citizenship, whether by birth or naturalization, it is permanent unless the person voluntarily renounces it.

        What you call “denaturalization” is not a process for revoking naturalization, because the constitution explicitly forbids that, and Congress has no power to change it. It is a process for proving that a person who pretends to have been naturalized was not, and therefore was never a citizen. It’s exactly the same as proving that a person who pretends to have been born in the USA was not.

        Rasmea Odeh was never naturalized in the first place, because she lied on her application. The ceremony she participated in had no legal effect. Her trial was about proving that. That ISIS woman from Alabama who claims to be a citizen by birth is now going through the same process, in which the government will try to prove that she is not; if they succeed, she too will not “lose” her citizenship but be declared never to have been one.

          tom swift in reply to Milhouse. | May 12, 2019 at 12:53 pm

          You are incorrect.

          “Denaturalization” has other provisions. Dishonorable discharge from the military, membership in various subversive groups, or refusal to testify before Congress—all can, in limited cases, allow denaturalization.

          Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | May 12, 2019 at 3:12 pm

          No, Tom, they do not. Once someone is lawfully a citizen, that is it. There is no possible way to revoke a valid naturalization, no matter what the person does afterwards. They can commit treason, assassinate the president, whatever; they can be executed but their citizenship cannot be revoked. This is black letter law, not subject to debate. You don’t have to like it, but it’s a fact.

          The exact same words in the 14th amendment that protect citizenship by birth also protect citizenship by naturalization. Provided, of course, that the purported birth or naturalization actually happened as claimed; if it didn’t then there is no citizenship to revoke.

Dantzig93101 | May 11, 2019 at 4:01 pm

The phrase “enemy alien” comes to mind.

Regardless of her paperwork citizenship, she’s clearly no friend of the United States.

    Milhouse in reply to Dantzig93101. | May 12, 2019 at 12:52 am

    Neither are many fifteenth-generation Americans, including a good chunk of the Democratic Party.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Dantzig93101. | May 13, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Maybe someone with a terminal illness could take her with them? It is insane that we are allowing people like this into the US.

    America’s laws need to be updated to deal with the Muslim threat, and naturalization should be changed so that it can be revoked if they fail to meet assimilation standards or commit crimes.

Remember how she got elected: from importing a population of omars.
Who imported it? Obama/Biden.

Who is running for president in 2020? Obma Biden.

And let’s not forget who wipes her ass when she craps herself: the democrat/hollywood media. Starve them.

There must have been some rumors afloat about Pelosi et al getting Omar off the committee. Now that Pence has weighed in the D’rats won’t be able to do it; they’ll believe they have to keep her on there, hell or high water. And she’ll continue to spout off her anti-Americanism and rampant Jew-hatred, the press will latch onto every word one of their shiny new objects blurts out, and the D’rats will look like jerks. Mission Accomplished!

Now of course Pence isn’t quite at pro level yet; he had to get on with Dworkin to lob his grenade. A real pro would be able to do it in a few seconds with a Tweet. But with a bit more training Pence might make the Majors.

Omar breaks bread with enemies of USA and Israel. Just the chance she may share info with them is enough to disqualify her as a bad risk.

DouglasJBender | May 11, 2019 at 6:16 pm

Isn’t she a newbie to Congress, and a relatively young individual with little real-world experience in foreign affairs? Who thought it was a good idea for her to be on the Foreign Affairs Committee, and why?

    murkyv in reply to DouglasJBender. | May 11, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Same ones who think it’s a good idea to have Andre Carson on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

    (Who used the Anwar brothers for his IT)