Omar Slips, Calls Somalia Her Country
Minnesota’s District 5 Congressional Representative Ilhan Omar slipped up Thursday, accidentally referring to her birthplace, Somalia, as her country before correcting herself.
Omar’s slip up took place during an impromptu welcome home reception hosted by her supporters as she returned to Minnesota from Washington D.C. Omar fans gathered at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport chanting “welcome home Ilhan,” holding various signs with anti-racism messages. Ilhan then took up a bullhorn, delivering an anti-Trump speech during which she spoke on the so-called “Muslim ban.”
"And so since the first day this president introduced the Muslim ban knowing that my count…— the country that I came from was on that and that my country now was on the track of implementing fascist laws I knew that I had to speak up,” Omar declared.
The video speaks for itself at 1 minute 20 seconds:
Despite Omar’s country confusion, her base showered her and her welcome troop with praise on Twitter.
Omar’s warm reception comes after a week of bitter sparing between her “squad” and President Donald Trump. Ilhan’s squad, comprised of herself plus congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) apparently felt targeted by a July 14 Trump tweet requesting that progressive congresswomen “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Trump’s statement prompted the squad to hold a press conference on July 15 during which Pressley refused to denounce an antifa terrorist and Omar dodged a request for her to denounce Al Qaeda, according to Blaze. Omar has been filmed giggling about the terrorist group before.
It was her hardline leftist stances and week of fighting with the White House that earned Omar her airport welcome home party. Some pundits have questioned the legitimacy of the welcome, claiming that there were too many individuals present for it to honestly be grassroots expression of support for a congresswoman. Those who hold this perspective add that there’s no way constituents could have known when Omar was getting back to Minnesota, or what route she’d take out of the airport.