‘The president will continue to call her out, call her out by name…’
Omar raised $832,000 in the first quarter, according to a fundraising report filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission, which was reviewed by Politico.
This was one of the best totals among all House Democrats. Roughly half of her donations, $415,000, came from small-dollar donors, or online givers who gave less than $200. This means that despite Omar’s controversial and offensive statements—or perhaps because of them—thousands of Democrats across the country rallied to support her.
Shortly after being sworn into office in January, Omar immediately embroiled herself in controversy, attacking the nation of Israel and the bipartisan group of lawmakers who support it.
Her own party rebuffed her comments by passing a broad anti-hate resolution, though it didn’t directly name her.
Most recently, a video emerged in which Omar downplayed the 9/11 terrorist attacks by radical Islamic Al Qaeda operatives as “some people [who] did something.”
President Trump, along with several other GOP lawmakers, sharply condemned Omar’s comments. Democrats were quick to rush to Omar’s defense, claiming the president is “inciting violence” against the congresswoman by criticizing her words.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Democrats’ claims are ridiculous and baseless: “Nothing could be further from the truth,” she told Fox News.
“The president is not trying to incite violence against anybody. He’s actually speaking out against it. The president will continue to call her out, call her out by name, and he’s not going to be ashamed, nor should he be.”
Ilhan Omar mentions 9/11 and does not consider it a terrorist attack on the USA by terrorists, instead she refers to it as “Some people did something”, then she goes on to justify the establishment of a terrorist organization (CAIR) on US soil. pic.twitter.com/ixP3BJfqxS
— Imam Mohamad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) April 9, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made a similar claim initially used to defend Omar’s anti-Semitic tropes when she said the freshman congresswoman “doesn’t understand the full weight of [her] words.”
Omar received just $10,000 from political action committees, according to Politico, including two from other House Democrats: Fellow freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., gave Omar $2,000 on March 28, and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-SC, gave her $1,000 on March 29.