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Why Conservative Attacks on an Out-of-Context Ilhan Omar Quote Are Dangerous

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Why Conservative Attacks on an Out-of-Context Ilhan Omar Quote Are Dangerous

Ryan Cooper

n March 23, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) gave a speech about her views on Islam, religious civil rights, and the threat posed by anti-Muslim bigotry following the Christchurch massacre. More than two weeks later (following the duplicitous Andrew Breitbart script to the letter), conservatives have cherry-picked four words from her speech and twisted them wildly out of context to suggest Omar was downplaying the 9/11 attacks.

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Considering the Islamaphobia promoted by Trump, the GOP and its faux noise media for decades they would be attacking Omar even if she never said a word since being elected.

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Are we not used to right-wing spin machines. Our own president sucks it up like a wino alone in the church pantry.

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Fear and Loathing in the USA.

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It is truly stunning to pause and think about what these forms of comportment imply. These are people wielding bludgeons when highly refined instrumentation is called for. It is a reversion to brute force because they have “been sold” - literally - by the legacy of the most vile twisting of information: advertising and marketing false promises. It is a death wish of such hubris that consequences are regarded as irrelevant.

We are past the point of derogatory allusions and similes to what this culture has used as damnation symbols such as pigs, savages, or the like. No, we’re at the point where if we fail to seriously name these attacks for what they are, we do so at our own peril. Because peril, in every sense and dimension is facing us down the timeline on climate, on human sanity, on pollution, on the lives of the earth keepers, indigenous peoples… the list is all the elements in life that we hold dear, even though such a stunning percentage are distracted by their fears. Then comes the ‘belief’ that billions in the weapons and military will save it??? This is mental illness - varying degrees and types, and intensities. Don’t let the madness divide us when need each other so profoundly and the benefits of our coherent unity in diversity a truly incomparable treasure.

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sure sounds like koolaid to me

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we need many more politicians like her … !

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