Criticism of Ilhan Omar Isn’t Incitement

By Ben Shapiro

A couple of years ago, I spoke at the University of California, Berkeley. My presence was apparently so offensive to a particular group of people that hundreds of police officers were necessary to ensure the safety of the event. As I spoke inside, the protesters milled about, chanting and shouting. One of their favorite ditties: “SPEECH IS VIOLENCE!”

This, of course, is patent nonsense. Speech is not violence — and violence is not speech. Equating the two is the hallmark of a tyrannical worldview: If I can treat your speech as violence, then I am justified in using violence to suppress your speech. And yet that obvious fallacy has become the rallying cry in defense of execrable Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.


Omar, who has been content to spout openly anti-Semitic nonsense every several weeks since her election, came under fire this week for her remarks at an event in late March, shortly after her Democratic colleagues covered for her Jew hatred by watering down a resolution of condemnation. Speaking before the historically Hamas-friendly Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Omar unleashed a barrage of lies about the maltreatment of Muslims throughout America. In the midst of that barrage, she dropped a line about Sept. 11: "CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties."

That minimization of 9/11 — and that's what it is — resulted in blowback from conservatives. It's not as though Omar's history of treating terrorism with kid gloves is anything new, after all. In 2013, Omar did an interview in which she chided one of her professors for treating terrorist groups with horror while failing to do the same to America, England and the military: "The thing that was interesting in the class was every time the professor said 'Al Qaida,' his shoulders went up. ... But you know, it is that you don't say 'America' with an intensity. You don't say 'England' with the intensity. You don't say 'the Army' with the intensity."

In 2016, Omar wrote a letter to a judge asking for lighter sentences for men accused of being Islamic State group recruits, noting that these men merely "chose violence to combat direct marginalization" and calling their recruitment "a consequential mistake" that resulted from "systematic alienation."

In 2017, Omar wrote for Time magazine: "We must confront that our nation was founded by the genocide of indigenous people and on the backs of slaves, that we maintain global power with the tenor of neocolonialism. ... Our national avoidance tactic has been to shift the focus to potential international terrorism." That's not exactly a ringing rebuke of international terrorism.

But now Omar is criticizing those who merely quote her as inciting violence. She has claimed that President Trump, who posted a video that juxtaposed footage of 9/11 with her "some people did something" comment, is responsible for an uptick in the number of death threats she has received. Her close friend Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., went so far as to compare Omar to a victim of the Holocaust.

This is immoral in the extreme. Omar isn't a victim because she's being criticized. And speech isn't incitement. Sen. Bernie Sanders wasn't responsible for the congressional baseball game shooting. Former President Barack Obama wasn't responsible for the Dallas police shooting. And Trump isn't responsible for those who send Omar death threats. He's responsible for criticizing her — rightly, in this case. Democrats who hide behind the charge of incitement are simply attempting to quash debate. And that's far more dangerous for the future of America than criticizing a radical politician.

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18 thoughts on “Criticism of Ilhan Omar Isn’t Incitement”

  1. What exactly does Islam, Muslims have to do or say before we realize they hate Christianity, and Americans…….. Given any chance they will do a 911 again, and care less if it’s kids or civilians they are killing. They are patient and biding their time. They are the enemy as everyone will hopefully eventually see. They need to throw that smiling piece of crap out of Washinton to the nearest jail….. enemy…………..

  2. people sure didn’t think fore voting for this evil minded person who is to also to destroy Americans She will not be open an honest but lies with more cover ups, she is working to cause choas in America between now and 2020 elections, trying to turn Muslims more and more against the American people, if they hate us so much why did they come here in the first place, other then the obvious get free education, housing, medical attention, food etc, many freedoms which their country does not offer to their people. She should be removed from office and put in jail, or face the firing squad.

    1. They came to takeover the country. Many of them have said that unashamedly. The question is why the government is doing nothing to stop it. Obama had these people flown into the country at night at smaller airports. From there, they were bused to Michigan and Minnesota.

  3. I have a hard time understanding how someone like Omar gets away with these remarks, and defended by Nancy Pelosi AND HER PARTY? Belittling the tragedy of 911 where many were lost, many families suffered, and first responders are still suffering the side affects of the tragedy., is not acceptable, yet, there she goes, off scott-free. What is going to happen to Americans who say things against Islam or Muslims and belittle tragedies they have suffered, we would probably end in court, especially if it were a Republican Senator. Why can she get away with this? Whose side is Miss Nanacy Pelosi and the other Democrats on, they certainly don’t represent the American People who are made up of many races and cultures? What is this this country coming to when this kind of besmirching by a Democrat Senator is tolerated?

  4. We do know that there are extreme Muslim silent cells of approximately 800+ in the United States that are being monitored supposedly by the FBI and which one terrorist training camp recently was raided and arrests were made in Alabama. Comments that Omar and Ocasio-Cortez make are ways to stir things up in the public arena and for the exteme Muslims. They did not make their oath when interring as Senators on a Bible and for America. They made their oath on a Quran which if I am correct is governed by Shira Law. They need to be removed from office because they are definitely not pro-American and of their continued anti-Semitism.

  5. Pull all the visas and reissue based on needs of this nation for that individual’s particular skills or knowledge, and deport every visa overstay no matter origin country, we must control our borders.
    “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.”


    • Muslim men have sexual rights to any woman/girl not wearing the Hijab (see Taha rush).

    • A man can marry an infant girl and consummate the marriage when she is 9 years old.
    • Girls’ clitoris should be cut (Muhammad’s words, Book 41, Kitab Al-Adab, Hadith 5251).

    • You can rape, marry divorce pre-pubescent girls.(Quran 65:4).

    • You can enslave for sex and work.(Quran 4:3, 4:24, 33:50, 79:29-30).

    • You can beat women.(Quran 4:3)

    • Crucify and amputate non-Muslims.(Quran 8:12, 47:4)

    • You will behead non-Muslims.(Quran 8:12, 47:4)
    • Theft is punishable by amputation of the hands (Quran 5:38).

    • Kill Jews and Christians if they do not convert or pay Jizya tax
    chapter 8 (booty/spoils of war) Steal from non-Muslims

    • You will kill non-Muslims to receive 72 virgins in heaven (Quran 9:111)

    • You will kill and be killed for Allah (verse of the sword) (Quran 9:5)
    • Criticizing or denying any part of the Quran is punishable by death.
    • Criticizing Muhammad or denying that he is a prophet is punishable by death.
    • Criticizing or denying Allah is punishable by death (see Allah moon god).
    • A Muslim who becomes a non-Muslim is punishable by death (See Compulsion).
    • A non-Muslim who leads a Muslim away from Islam is punishable by death.

    • You will kill anyone who leaves Islam (Quran 2:217, 4:89).
    • A non-Muslim man who marries a Muslim woman is punishable by death.
    • A woman or girl who has been raped cannot testify in court against her rapist(s).
    • Testimonies of 4 male witnesses are required to prove rape of a female (Quran 24:13).
    • A woman or girl who alleges rape without producing 4 male witnesses is guilty of adultery.
    • A woman or girl found guilty of adultery is punishable by death (see “Islamophobia”).
    • A male convicted of rape can have his conviction dismissed by marrying his victim.
    • You will terrorize non-Muslims.(Quran 8:12, 8:6)
    • You will behead non-Muslims.(Quran 8:12, 47:4)
    • A woman can have 1 husband, who can have up to 4 wives; Muhammad can have more.
    • A man can beat his wife for insubordination (Quran 4:34 and Religion of Peace).
    • A man can unilaterally divorce his wife; a wife needs her husband’s consent to divorce.
    • A divorced wife loses custody of all children over 6 years of age or when they exceed it.
    • A woman’s testimony in court, allowed in property cases, carries ½ the weight of a man’s.
    • A female heir inherits half of what a male heir inherits (see Mathematics in Quran).
    • A woman cannot speak alone to a man who is not her husband or relative.
    • Meat to eat must come from animals that have been sacrificed to Allah – i.e., be “Halal.”

    – Crucify and amputate non-Muslims (Quran 8:12, 47:4)
    • Muslims should engage in Taqiyya and lie to non-Muslims to advance Islam.(Quran 3:54, 9:3, 16:106, 40:28)

    • Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain.(Quran 9:111 ).

    1. Very well researched. Koran believing Muslims (beheading, female castration, six year old brides, death for renouncing Islam, bombing innocent people, etc.) are animals and should be treated as such.

  7. I think that her talib and aoc should be stripped of their house seats and put in prison for treason and I also fee That Nancy Pelosi should be there with them and Maxine waters also. All of these traitors should either be rotting in jail for executed for treason.

    Our President has done more for this country then any of these so called Dummycrat patriots they are scum and traitors and should be gone.

    1. Howard , you are 100% Correct ! We need to start Enforcing “treason” violations ! Hopefully these bums true colors have been exposed and they will get voted Out faster than they were voted in . They are a Disgrace !

      1. OK…just to be clear about treason, in the United States someone can only be charged with treason(much less indicted, or convicted)when the Country is in a state of “declared war”…Only one (1) individual has ever been tried and convicted in the United States for treason, and that was Benedict Arnold, and ironically enough, his name is synonymous with the term “treason”

        A sitting, and duly elected Congressperson CANNOT be impeached either…they do not reach a level of “civil servant” that can warrant impeachment…neither can a Senator!!!They may only be removed by “expulsion” which requires 2/3 of the House, or Senate voting in favor of expulsion….!in other words them being “expelled isn’t likely to happen either…

        In 2008, the likelihood of “President” Obama being assassinated was 312% more likely than any of the 43 Presidents before him…He was a Black man, and thus deemed “un-acceptable”by a greater number of people to date…In 2012, the likelihood of “President” Obama being assassinated rose to 543%…while it’s to bad that it did not happen…. the likelihood of President Trump being assassinated is down to 168%…These idiot Congresspersons opening their mouths and down talking, and openly critizizing people the way they have I’m not sure how they estimate their chances of being victims of a assassination, but I’m thinking it increases exponentially when they are being as beligerent as these 3 women are…that being said I’m glad we have some people who see thru these idiots speech, and are speaking out against them…This information is just so that we can realize what can and can’t be done, and know the facts!!!

  8. How ridiculous to think that muslim men who left to join ISIS should get off with. Slap on their wrists. I can’t speak for the whole country but I think we went out of our way to not blame Muslims for 9/11. I am sure there were incidents but it could have been way worse so her using that as an excuse will fall on deaf ears.

    Can’t stand people young or old that are perpetual victims and she is one of them.

  9. The Muslims in this country are a Trojan horse that will at some point transform society like never before. We are a bunch of complacent fools who opened the door to these savages and will live to regret it. You will know them by their words and it is so clear the ultimate agenda.

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