So you know the GOP came out of the gate barking at Rep. Omar.
In 2018, Republican state representative Steve Drazkowski
publicly accused Omar of campaign finance violations, claiming that she
used $2,250 in campaign funds to pay a divorce lawyer in 2017, and that
her acceptance of speaking fees from public colleges violated Minnesota
House rules. Omar responded that the attorney's fees were not personal
but campaign-related; she offered to return the speaking fees.
Drazkowski later accused Omar of using state resources and staff for private business, and purchasing plane tickets for personal travel with campaign money, including $3,000 in trips to Estonia and other locations.
In response to an editorial in the Minneapolis Star Tribune
arguing that Omar should be more transparent about her use of campaign
funds, she suggested the criticisms were politically motivated, saying:
"these people are part of systems that have historically been
disturbingly motivated to silence, discredit and dehumanize influencer's
who threaten the establishment.
Minnesota House of Rep three assignments
- Civil Law & Data Practices Policy
- Higher Education & Career Readiness Policy & Finance
- State Government Finance[
Omar received the largest percentage of the vote of any female candidate for U.S. House in state history, as well as the largest percentage of the vote for a non-incumbent candidate for U.S. House (excluding those running against only non-major-party candidates) in state history.  She was sworn in on a copy of the Quran owned by her grandfather.
Congressional committee assignments
- Education and Labor
- Foreign Affairs
She is on some powerful committees and either of them or all can have the Republicans in a frenzy.
Alleged use of antisemitic tropes
In 2018, Omar came under criticism for statements she made about Israel
before she was in the Minnesota legislature, which the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency reported had "earned her notoriety in the pro-Israel
community." In a 2012 tweet, she wrote, “Israel has hypnotized the
world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of
Israel." The comment, particularly the notion that Israelis had
"hypnotized the world," was criticized as drawing on anti-semitic
tropes. New York Times columnist Bari Weiss wrote that Omar's statement
tied into a millennia-old "conspiracy theory of the Jew as the hypnotic
conspirator". When asked in an interview how she would respond to
American Jews who found the remark offensive, Omar replied, "I don’t
know how my comments would be offensive to Jewish Americans. My comments
precisely are addressing what was happening during the Gaza War and I’m
clearly speaking about the way the Israeli regime was conducting itself
in that war." Later, after reading Weiss's commentary, Omar apologized
for not "disavowing the anti-Semitic trope I unknowingly used".
In February 2019, Omar was criticized for tweets that appeared to imply
that money spent by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
was the primary motivation for American politicians' support of Israel.
These comments were criticized by Democratic leaders, including House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Majority Whip Jim
Clyburn, with the Democratic House leadership releasing a statement
that called Omar's tweets antisemitic and "deeply offensive."The Jewish
Democratic Council of America also denounced her statements. Omar issued
an apology the next day, stating, "My intention is never to offend
constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole", but adding, "I reaffirm
the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC,
the NRA or the fossil fuel industry".
Donald Trump, who was accused of using Jewish stereotypes and
anti-Semitic imagery during his presidential campaign, dismissed Omar's
apology and said she should resign from Congress. Omar responded that
Trump had long "trafficked in hate" against both Jews and Muslims.
Pelosi rejected Republicans' criticism of Omar, saying they did not have
"clean hands"regarding Trump's and his supporters' use of
anti-Semitic tropes and Republican Representative Steve King's support
for white supremacy. Representative Max Rose, one of the first to
denounce Omar's comments, said that he accepted her apology while
criticizing Republicans' tolerance of anti-Semitism within their party,
and accused the news media of a double standard in publicizing such
Omar was endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign, a major LGBT civil
rights advocacy group. In response to the endorsement, Omar stated, "I
will fight for LGBTQIA+ rights in Washington D.C."
Omar supports a $15 hourly minimum wage.
In January 2019, amid the 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis, Omar
joined Democrats Ro Khanna and Tulsi Gabbard in denouncing the Trump
administration's decision to recognize Juan Guaidó, the leader of the
Venezuelan National Assembly, as the new president of Venezuela. She
said that the U.S. should not "hand pick" foreign leaders, adding that
the U.S. should support "Mexico, Uruguay & the Vatican’s efforts to
facilitate a peaceful dialogue", that Trump's action was a "U.S. backed
coup", and that Guaidó was part of the "far-right opposition", a view
not shared by most congressional Democrats; Guaidó's party has been
described as holding center-left positions.
In February 2019, Omar questioned whether Elliott Abrams, who was
appointed by Donald Trump as Special Representative for Venezuela in
January 2019, was the correct choice given his past support of
right-wing authoritarian regimes in El Salvador and Guatemala, his role
in downplaying credible reports on the El Mozote massacre in 1982, and
his two 1991 misdemeanor convictions for withholding information from
Congress about the Iran–Contra affair, for which he was later pardoned
by George H. W. Bush.
Conservative critics argued that this focus was misplaced in light of the crisis in Venezuela.
My take on all of this is that the GOP needed a reason to attack her because they don't like the committees she is on. She is female and Muslim Omar became the first woman to wear a hijab on the House floor. Be aware that Congress has had dress codes in place for many decades. Up until now the dress codes have been strictly enforced. Many women have been turned away from the floors of Congress because of their attire. '
"The CBS story has prompted cries of sexism, specifically against Ryan and the GOP. That’s an easy accusation to make since the dress code fits into the on-going narrative
of Republicans pursuing policies that limit women’s rights,
specifically control over their own reproductive systems and access to
adequate, affordable health care."
Also every time someone came out swinging at Rep Omar she hasn't yet sat on the sidelines and pouted. She has come back swinging.
But the GOP owns the floor of the Senate for now and you bet they are enforcing the rules just because they can. As the article explains the GOP loves the control, and have exercised it in all forms. While the DNC has welcomed change in Congress the GOP hasn't. Take a look at the floors of Congress and you will see the differences. All you have to do is look at the attire and you will know who is in control.