ilhan omar, islam, and anti-semitism

The headlines were familiar, The New York Times setting the tone: “In Attacking Ilhan Omar, Trump Revives His Familiar Refrain Against Muslims.” According to the media pack the President is seeking to rally his base by reviving allegedly “Islamophobic” themes of his 2016 campaign. His detractors notably ignore the question what exactly is the message of the first woman to wear a hijab on the House floor, and what is she obliged to believe as a Muslim believer.

The controversy started last February when Trump reacted to Ms. Omar’s attacks on Israel, calling for her to resign. It escalated ten days ago, when he tweeted a video which quotes a speech Ms. Omar gave at an event hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), describing how after the 9-11 attacks the group “recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

The progressives’ response was predictably uniform.