We haven’t heard much from Rep. Ilhan Omar in a while. I’m sure she hasn’t been mute, but there’s a difference between words being spoken and words being newsworthy. Today, though, Omar came up with such a perfect mix of absurdity and shamelessness that it has to be reported.
The situation in Minneapolis continues to deteriorate in the aftermath of the 2020 George Floyd riots, with murder and auto theft rates rising dramatically. Instead of moving to quell the unrest and restore law and order last year, the city’s council president pledged to disband the police department. That’s led to a rash of officers quitting while others take a more hands-off approach out of fear of retribution if they make a mistake.
In what can only be described as incredibly ironic, Omar is now complaining about that reality while showing no remorse for her calls to “defund the police” that led her city to ruin.
There’s a German word for this, but I hesitate to use it because while Omar deserves scorn for her hypocrisy, there are real people being hurt and killed as a result of her selfish, misguided politics.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar told constituents Saturday at a town hall meeting that Minneapolis’ rise in gun violence and carjackings can be blamed on police who “have chosen to not fulfill their oath of office and provide the public safety they owe to the citizens.”… …Omar, a Democrat, said she understood the desire for safety and reiterated her call to voters to approve a Minneapolis City Charter amendment that would remove minimum police staffing requirements and give the City Council authority over a more holistic public safety department. “When you have a system that refuses to work for the people it’s supposed to serve, you have to go back to the drawing board,” she said. “At some point, you’ve got to walk away.”
This sure feels like Omar set the house on fire and is now blaming the firefighters for not being able to contain the blaze. Police, whatever flaws they may suffer from in certain instances, are not the issue when they are faced with an unworkable situation. You can not ask human beings to risk their lives for people who do not offer them basic support, and that includes the city council actively trying to destroy the department. Officers have families to go home to at the end of the day just like anyone else. They are not robots no matter how much Omar would like to treat them as such.
Still, you’d be forgiven for believing this was Omar’s plan all along. Now, she gets to cite the high crime rates she helped cause while blaming the police department she wants to defund. It’s all incredibly convenient and further’s her goal of “reimagining” the police. Of course, that won’t actually help the crime rates. In fact, it’ll almost certainly make them worse.
But Omar and her cohorts don’t actually live in the areas affected so it’s no problem for them. In fact, Omar and Minnesota AG Keith Ellison want to remove the police staffing requirements altogether. Apparently, social workers will take care of everything in the delusional utopia they envision.
Minnesotans can push back on this or suffer the consequences because there’s no world in which Omar actually admits she was wrong. Regardless, the concept of sowing and reaping doesn’t care about one’s political position. Only cold, hard reality matters in that case.