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Critics of the President’s remarks in response to Rep. Omar center on the context of her “some people did something” comment.  Context for them is limited to the context of the statement contained within a longer speech.  Obviously, this is a valid way to look at her statement and Omar’s defenders spare no effort in looking at it that way.  Nevertheless, that isn’t the only way to understand context.  

Rep. Omar has made a serious of dismissive, hateful, anti-semitic and anti-American comments, revealing a deep antipathy for her adopted country despite her statements to the contrary.  In fact, she’s made a sufficient number of such statements, that a general sense in the public exists that she be given little or no benefit of the doubt going forward.  Given her track record, which is also a valid definition of context, it is now encumbent on Omar to demonstrate by word and deed that this and her previous statements are not representative of her true sentiments.  To that end, she has a duty to be circumspect in her language.  

Rep. Omar is showing no compulsion at all to speak or act in ways that assure those of us who question her loyalties and motives that she is anything more than a fifth columnist.  Saying what she said, but more importantly, saying it to the unindicted co-conspirator of the Holy Land Foundation trial, where donations to an Islamic charity were funneled to terrorists groups in the Middle East, is another valid measure of context.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) thanked supporters on Saturday as the hashtag “#IstandwithIlhan” entered its second day on the list of top trending terms on Twitter in the United States.

In a series of tweets Saturday afternoon, Omar vowed that her love for the U.S. was unquestionable amid attacks from conservatives and allies of the president aimed at her loyalty to the country, as well as criticism of comments about 9/11 that some viewed as dismissive.

“I did not run for Congress to be silent. I did not run for Congress to sit on the sidelines. I ran because I believed it was time to restore moral clarity and courage to Congress. To fight and to defend our democracy,” Omar wrote.

“No one person – no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious – can threaten my unwavering love for America. I stand undeterred to continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans,” she continued.

“Thank you for standing with me – against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country – to fight for the America we all deserve,” Omar concluded.

Omar, a freshman Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, has been at the center of a storm of criticism on the right for comments she made to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which President Trump shared Friday in an edited video that superimposed the remarks over images and video of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

In her original remarks, Omar made a passing reference to 9/11 while explaining how the issue was used as a cudgel by some to advocate for taking away civil liberties from Muslim Americans.

Trump’s video prompted a backlash from some Democrats who accused him of using the 9/11 terrorist attacks for personal political gain, and for inciting hatred against the congresswoman days after a self-declared Trump supporter was arrested for making death threats against Omar.

“Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage,” wrote Sen. Bernie Sanders(I-Vt.), considered one of the party’s 2020 frontrunners. “She won’t back down to Trump’s racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end.”

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