WASHINGTON — Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) believes that Barack Obama’s legacy is being portrayed through rose-colored glasses, offering a fiery critique of the former president.
According to Politico Magazine, Omar said that while Trump has been the subject of much scorn on the left, Obama also was flawed.
“We can’t be only upset with Trump. … His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies,” Omar told Politico, referencing Obama.
“They just were more polished than he was,” she added. “And that’s not what we should be looking for anymore. We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile.”
Omar reportedly cited the previous administration’s reliance on drones and an immigration policy that, like Trump, also included detaining children.
Omar has come under fire of late for remarks that many people considered anti-Semitic. On Thursday evening the House of Representatives approved a resolution that condemns anti-Semitism and other forms of hate. The resolution was prompted by comments Omar made last week that seemed to question the loyalty of Americans who support Israel. She voted for the resolution, which passed 407-23. Several Republicans did not approve the resolution because they wanted Omar’s name to appear on it.
Omar has maintained that her comments were not anti-Semitic and that criticism of Israeli settlement policies should not be considered as such. She has yet to apologize for the latest remarks, although she did apologize for previous comments.
Omar, 37, was born in Somalia. On her Twitter feed, she said Friday marked the 24th anniversary of her immigration to the United States with her family.