Ilhan Omar Argued For Leniency For A Group Of Men Who Wanted To Join ISIS

The far left freshmen Democrats have been getting themselves in a lot of trouble with troubling statements and huge gaffes.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has racked up several shameful statements.

From The Daily Wire:

Far-Left freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has been no stranger to controversy — both before and after joining Congress. Omar, a Somali native who colorfully describes herself as an “intersectional feminist” in her Twitter bio, infamously tweeted during the 2012 Israel-Hamas conflict: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine #Israel.”

Omar has also peddled outright conspiracy theories about the sexuality of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and deleted a highly tendentious tweet accosting the Covington Catholic High School teenagers. The tweet had innocuously referred to members of the fringe supremacist group Black Hebrew Israelites as merely “5 black men.”

This week she also got backlash when she falsely accused President Donald Trump of supporting a coup against Venezuela.

“A US backed coup in Venezuela is not a solution to the dire issues they face,” Omar tweeted. “Trump’s efforts to install a far right opposition will only incite violence and further destabilize the region. We Must support Mexico, Uruguay, & the Vatican’s efforts to facilitate a peaceful dialogue.”

The U.S. and other nations on Wednesday stood with the people of Venezuela and recognized Juan Guaido, the opposition head of the National Assembly, as the interim president with hundreds of thousands protested in the streets the Maduro government whose win last year was widely seen as fraudulent.

Despite all the questionable statements, Omar’s even gotten a $250,000 book deal to tell about her life as she rose from a refugee from Somalia to winning a Congressional seat.

But now there’s more.

In 2015, as a new state representative in virtually her first act, she wrote a letter to a judge begging for leniency for a group of men who had been convicted of trying to go abroad to fight for ISIS.

From Fox News:

“The best deterrent to fanaticism is a system of compassion,” she wrote at the time. “We must alter our attitude and approach; if we truly want to effect change, we should refocus our efforts on inclusion and rehabilitation.”

The nine Minnesota men were facing decades in prison after being accused in 2015 of making plans, including buying fake passports, in an effort to travel to Syria and fight for ISIS, which was at its peak level of activity and held territory in Syria and Iraq.

Omar, who was then a Minnesota state representative, was part of a group that sent letters to Judge Michael Davis urging him to give shorter sentences, arguing that harsher penalties would only lead to more people joining the terror group.

“Incarcerating 20-year-old men for 30 or 40 years is essentially a life sentence. Society will have no expectations of the to-be 50- or 60-year-old released prisoners; it will view them with distrust and revulsion,” read Omar’s letter to the judge, as obtained by FOX 9 of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

“Such punitive measures not only lack efficacy, they inevitably create an environment in which extremism can flourish, aligning with the presupposition of terrorist recruitment,” she added.

Here’s her full letter.

Abdirahman Yasin Daud admitted that he was going specifically to kill people for ISIS.

Omar called that desire to kill for ISIS the “consequences of systematic alienation.”

“A long-term prison sentence for one who chose violence to combat direct marginalization is a statement that our justice system misunderstands the guilty. A restorative approach to justice assesses the lure of criminality and addresses it.”

According to media reports, almost all the men on trial received lengthy sentences, with Daud serving 30 years in prison after he was found guilty of trying to provide material support to ISIS and conspiring to commit murder overseas.

These were the men she was speaking up for.

And now Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Omar to the extremely important Foreign Relations Committee, something that is pretty concerning with the opinions that she has exhibited.

But not one Democrat has spoken out or condemned any of the comments.


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