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Ilhan Omar’s Close Call Latest Sign of the Crime Driven Revolt Against Democrats

AMAC Exclusive – By Daniel Berman

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) – Photo Credits: Fox News

In the Minnesota Democratic primary on Tuesday, Don Samuels, a former Minneapolis city councilor who struggled to fundraise, nearly delivered the upset of the year when he came within a whisker of ousting high-profile “Squad” member Representative Ilhan Omar, losing by the razor-tight margin of 50.3%-48.2%. While it may seem easy to ascribe the result to local factors and Omar’s “controversial” record, it makes more sense to place the result within a wider context of urban politics. 2021-2022 has seen a revolt in the bluest of American cities against far-left politics, especially when it comes to the fields of crime and education – two areas where Omar fares particularly poorly.

Ilhan Omar is an unexpectedly unifying figure in American politics. In public, Republicans denounce her advocacy for far-left causes, abrasive personality, and attacks on American allies, while Democrats, often unable to rebut those charges on substance, resort to implying that racial or religious motives lay behind Republican criticisms. In private, however, Democrats despair of the embarrassment she causes, while Republicans find her presence a godsend, a posterchild to be waved around the country whenever local Democrats try to break with the increasingly radical image of the national party.

What unites Republicans and Democrats is that almost no one believed there was anything that could be done about Omar. She represents a district Biden won by a margin of 80%-17% in 2020, and she won her primary two years ago against a centrist who raised more than $3.2 million by a margin of 18%. Unsurprisingly, no one gave Samuels much of a chance. Yet now, it seems clear that had Samuels received a fraction of the funding Omar’s opponents in 2020 received, Omar would be on her way to being a former congresswoman.

While many where shocked at the close race, contests in other deep-blue areas recently have foreshadowed such a result. Seattle elected a former Republican candidate for Lt. Governor as City Attorney last fall. New York City rejected a series of progressive candidates in favor of an African American former police officer for Mayor. San Francisco first recalled three school board members and then the District Attorney. Now it looks like Los Angeles may follow suit and oust far-left prosecutor George Gascon.

It is worth noting how these revolts have taken place. Republicans are not viable electorally in almost any of these cities. The revolt has therefore taken place either through recalls, non-partisan local elections, or within Democratic primaries. Equally importantly, it has often manifested as a class and racial revolt, pitting working class African American, Latino, and Asian American voters concerned about crime and education against “woke” white professionals.

Minneapolis, where Omar’s district lays, was ground-zero for riots and chaos in the summer of 2020, and those internal divisions lasted, pitting the Mayor Jacob Frey, a liberal, against far-left police abolitionists and members of the City Council who insisted he further defund the police. Given the chaos, it is easy to see why Minneapolis would be ripe for the same sort of revolt against the far-left witnessed in cities across the country.

It is also easy to see why Samuels gained traction. Samuels does not look like Omar’s historical opponents, who were often wealthy, white, female attorneys or professional politicians who tried to win by mobilizing traditional white liberals, only to discover that their neighbors had gone “woke,” while their candidacies also failed to attract non-whites. Samuels, by contrast, is black, a self-made immigrant who arrived from Jamaica at age 20. He founded his own toy company before entering politics, where he established a reputation on the city council as a maverick, a very different kind of politician from Omar. While he was outspoken, sometimes in racial terms about what he felt was the under-funding and under-education of young black students in the Minneapolis schools, he was a fierce defender of the police force, and in fact sued Mayor Frey for failing to fund the police force at the constitutionally mandated level in 2020. (Frey, for what it is worth, nonetheless endorsed Samuels over Omar.)

The irony of the election, as noted by the Times of Israel, is that Omar’s traditional opponents, the Pro-Israel lobby, did not get involved at all on Samuels’ behalf. They wrote him off, as did much of the beltway media, which only looked at how Omar failed the country on the national stage rather than how she was failing her community. Oddly, it was alternative left-wing outlets which reported on how Omar was recently booed at a meeting of the local Somali community, or how activists felt she was using her position in Congress to advance the interests of her clan within Somalia.

Omar’s close call is a warning to both Democrats and Republicans. For Democrats, it reinforces how little they have been listening to the groups they ostensibly represent, and that those voters are in turn deeply unhappy. For Republicans, it indicates that there is a path forward even in the most inhospitable terrain, but that the reasons local voters may object to the far-left are often different from why Republicans do. Omar’s greatest weakness was not Israel, but that she was seen as failing her community. And angry rhetoric and accusations of racism were not substitutes for cops on the streets, public safety, or responding to those concerns.

Culture War issues mattered, but they mattered in that voters in Minneapolis saw Omar’s focus on them as coming at the exclusion of the issues they cared about: public safety, education, and jobs. Similarly, Republicans are having enormous success with framing Democrats as obsessed with CRT and abortion, but the most damaging charges, which cut across ideological lines, are that Democrats are more concerned with the pronouns on the name-tags of government employees than they are with the price of gas, or whether 911-calls are answered in reasonable time. Recognizing this will help ensure not just a Red Wave but a Red Tsunami in November. And while Ilhan Omar might survive this year, it seems her days are numbered. Don’t be surprised if she hangs it up for some sort of media role.

Daniel Berman is a frequent commentator and lecturer on foreign policy and political affairs, both nationally and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He also writes as Daniel Roman.         


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Bill on the Hill
1 month ago

Much to my surprise, no mention on what O’Keefe of project Veritas found on Omar’s way of getting the vote last time around, she cheated… A direct correlation to the nation she left, i.e. Somalia to come to America & utilize those same tactics the overlords of her former country used to get themselves elected & reelected… The Jamaican, Mr. Samuel’s close vote counts is NOT good enough, what did Omar do this time around to garner those extra votes, just enough to win the race?
Better luck next time does NOT cut it. Ilhan Omar should have been booted out of office after the last fraudulent election she concocted by going door to door on the 40,000 plus Somalians living in those high rise apartments & filling out their ballots for them, what a nice lady for taking the time to do this for them…
Bill… :~)

Ty
1 month ago

First bill to get passed in November 2022 should be the American Governance Amendment.1. No person shall be allowed to run for any elected federal office over the age of 72.2. No person shall be allowed to hold any elected federal office for more than two (2) consecutive terms.3. Only citizens, born in the United States, can hold an elected federal office.

Bob
1 month ago
Reply to  Ty

I’d go for 2nd generation born in the USA before they can run for any elected political office. And then should be investigated thoroughly.

I have fought illegal immigration since 2007 and have seen many have no allegiance to our Country. The only thing they want are perks.

If not careful the USA will end up not a united Country, but broken and useless.

Jeanette
1 month ago

I don’t usually comment about this traitor..but if all who voted in the primary for her challenger..would get him on the ballot for November and encourage others to do the same; we can say goodbye to her…but be aware that she is well connected and even tho she may not win…she should be watched…she is sneaky.

Bob
1 month ago

All you commenters have missed the point. She does NOT represent America, not MN, nor anyone who is NOT Somali. She represents the massive Somali population in MN, period. There is another massive population of Somali’s in Columbus, OH and there is a huge push by the Democrats to install, err, “elect” a Somali as a Representative. The Somali’s do not want to assimilate. They drop their prayer mats in the middle of the grocery store aisle, the Menard’s aisle, the parking space next to their new Toyota Sienna and pray to their false god.
With the current resident of the White House in semi-power, and the recent chatter in the Middle East, it is again a very disconcerting time for our nation. Islam is coming to a city, town, hamlet, near you! It will not be pretty!

Pete from St Pete
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

Don’t forget to thank Barack Obama for his effort to provide “diversity” to Minnesota.

Sean Richman
1 month ago

This disgusting entity is the worse of the worthless.If”IT”hates AMERICA and her friends that bad,deal with it,or get your lazy butt to someplace that just maybe will put up with you.

pat dipalma
1 month ago

with such a narrow margin, her opponent should not be giving up. he can be a write in in Nov. we need her to retire in Jan!!!

Marie Langley
1 month ago

How can any voter vote for a person to serve America in Congress when all she does is trash the United States every chance she gets? Are these people really that stupid? It’s mind boggling. She needs to go back where she came from if she thinks it’s so bad here. See ya!!!!!!!

LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder
1 month ago
Reply to  Marie Langley

To answer your question, yes, they are that stupid. Biden/Harris received 80% of Michigan’s votes.

Arlene
15 days ago
Reply to  Marie Langley

They will keep complaining about the destruction on MN but are not smart enough to vote these people out of office. We all know the definition of Insanity.

CB
1 month ago

She and the rest of the squad are lower than dinosaur dung on the evolutionary chain. And no sandy I don’t want in your pants.

John
1 month ago

This woman reminds me of filth.

Pat
1 month ago

Unfortunately many young think like her. Republicans need to open their eyes and pay attention to the millennial and younger. Their thinking is not the same as older folks, their attachment and dedication to America is not there. Something Democrats are well aware of. Be prepared.

Larry W.
1 month ago
Reply to  Pat

You are so right because many young people come out of college with a socialist education.

LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder
1 month ago
Reply to  Pat

This didn’t happen overnight. Liberals have been indoctrinating students from the grade school level through graduate school for the past 40+ years. It’s time Conservatives take back the public education system if you actually want to see real change.

Delly
1 month ago

Wondering if the Republican running against her would have a chance given the change of environment of Democrat politics, with her as a progressive in decline.

John
1 month ago
Reply to  Delly

Minnesota deserves what it votes for.

JEFFREY JONES
1 month ago

ALL THE FOLKS INVOLVED IN THE RAID ON PRESIDENT TRUMPS’ PRIVATE RESIDENCE SHOULD BE ARRESTED, TRIED, AND EXECUTED FOR TREASON!!!

Marie Langley
1 month ago
Reply to  JEFFREY JONES

AGREED!!!!!!!!!

Mary Robinson
1 month ago

Your headline gives the impression that the revolt is a criminal action. Other headlines are also misleading.

PIDL
1 month ago
Reply to  Mary Robinson

It all depends on the way one interprets the headline. Increasing crime and lawlessnes has driven the residents of the cities to change who they vote for.

That being said, headlines are, so often, to catch the readers attention and get them to read the article. I just read one on Mark Harmon about the reason he left NCIS. It did not say anything, really, about this They just want you to click on the item to get money from their sponsors.

Irishgal
1 month ago

I wonder if she cheated again. Project Veritas has the 2020 video implicating her in $ballot harvesting. What to stop her from doing again??? How many other demos have done, will again- knowing they will gt away with it? (allegedly) AG Ellsion was made aware, and declined to look into. Why would he, didn’t he and his son admit proudly that they are antifa members? His son being on city council swaying others? MN- it seems no one cares/concerned enough, or are ‘corrupted’ to not look into our elections let alone clean up voter rolls etc. I remember reading many stories of poll workers who were concerned and even pointed out that they had no choice but to register people the day of voting even though they pretty much knew that person was doing so fraudulently’. Faked birthdates, etc. The attack ads I have seen so far against repub. candidates once again, are over exagerated, facts missing or just outright lies. It will be a miracle if Ms. Davis (cicely) wins over Omar. While I am not thrilled about Jensen, he is 30,000X’s better than Wrecking Walz for sure. If need be, I hope he calls for audit if he can?

Elaine
1 month ago

Why is she running to represent the American Citizen?
She hates the USA and it is mind boggling if you dislike our country so much, pick one to relocate that supports her ideal of government.
There are many that fit what she wants. She has made enough money off of the American taxpayer for her to move to her better place.

BAE
1 month ago
Reply to  Elaine

She hates the American people. This woman is a true hater, trouble maker, and user. And a congresswoman? Unbelievable. ONLY in America. Also, a democrat……………..

Rich
1 month ago

How sad that Don Samuels didn’t replace an anti-American tyrant like Omar. This only shows how America is turning to the dark side and viewing freedom as the enemy. The only positive is that he ALMOST beat her with little financing. SOME people might be waking up.

edward
1 month ago
Reply to  Rich

“How sad that” there are “useful idiots” ruining what our founders sacrificed to give us.

Larry W.
1 month ago

Omar is in the same category as Fidel Castro. They are both revolutionists who condone violence to achieve their own political viewpoints. She should have no position of leadership in a civilized and lawful society.

PIDL
1 month ago
Reply to  Larry W.

Look at where much of the violence has occurred, Minnesota, specifically Minneapolis.

William C Smith
1 month ago

This one should have been terminated long ago.

Gloria
1 month ago

Pelosi had every reason to remove her over at least one of her several felony charges — but Pelosi has become quite the Communist lover, and also Omar for a while kept the camera off Pelosi.

Tim Toroian
1 month ago

A unifying figure among those who wish to destroy the country. She wouldn’t have made it this time if more of her fellow Somalis had become a bit more Americanized.

Veteran
1 month ago

“Ilhan Omar is an unexpectedly unifying figure in American politics”? Want to rethink this statement? This hag is the most divisive politician in American history, besides Obama and Biden.

MJB
1 month ago
Reply to  Veteran

Guess we need to look at it from the standpoint that she does unify true Patriots like you and I to work to get Omar and her fellow squad members the heck out. Must admit it’s hard to get anyone as divisive as obama but she and her pals are headed that direction full steam ahead!

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