Fox Business Guest Blasts Ilhan Omar: ‘More Dangerous Than David Duke and Louis Farrakhan Combined’
Republican strategist and adviser to the Trump campaign Jeff Ballabon appeared on Fox Business Network this morning to discuss both Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and the elections in Israel, and during the segment pegged Omar a bigger threat to Jews than infamous white nationalists or extremist religious figures.
Fill-in Varney & Co. host Ashley Webster introduced the segment by first showing a tweet from Rep. Omar sent on Monday that went viral on Twitter and made the rounds on cable news, in which she referred to Jewish Trump adviser Stephen Miller as a “white nationalist.”
“Jeff, we know Stephen Miller takes a hard line on immigration,” said Webster, turning to his guest. “Is that why we’re hearing such strong language and is it acceptable?”
“What’s completely unacceptable is for Ilhan Omar to yet again target Jews,” said Ballabon. “In this case it’s not just Stephen Miller. What she’s doing is by declaring a Jew, someone who is known to be Jewish, a white nationalist, she’s saying Jews, you’re not minorities.”
“In other words, this is a way of taking away our right to speak out in their culture, this leftist culture, that says only certain kinds of people have agency,” he continued. “The fact is, Jews are not only minority. Jews are the most victimized minority in this country, far more than blacks, Muslims and women, which is what Ilhan Omar keeps on being characterized as though she’s being attacked.”
Omar is an observant Muslim member of Congress, and her minority status has been identified by some on the left or in the media as the actual motivation behind objections to her many comments about Jews and Israel. Ballabon argues that not only is she genuinely anti-Semitic, but is more dangerous than white nationalist and Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and Nation of Islam leader and virulent anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.
“[Ilhan Omar] is the most dangerous anti-Semite we have ever seen,” he said. “She’s more dangerous in this country, more dangerous than David Duke and Louis Farrakhan combined, because she sits where she sits and no one is stopping her. She keeps on assaulting Jews.”
For his part, David Duke agrees with the assessment that Rep. Omar is a powerful anti-Semitic voice, and last month effusively praised her for her views.
Webster asked what repercussions she could or should face for her comments, and that the objection to any such repercussion is that she was exercising her free speech. He referenced Ballabon’s previous remark by adding that one may be accused of “Islamphobia” or “being racist” for criticizing Omar or her comments. “You can’t mention the Muslim world, you can’t talk about — you can’t be critical in that sense,” he said.
“The idea that her identity protects her while she launches attack after attack after attack on Jews, it’s sort of like, you know, let’s protect the Gazans while they launch missile after missile after missile into Israel against the civilians. That’s ridiculous,” Ballabon replied. “At some point you have to defend yourself.”
“What she’s doing is she’s using her role not just in Congress but in the Foreign Affairs Committee and she seems to be untouchable,” he continued. “The Democrats keep on saying they are going to do something about it, and then they back off. They will pass a resolution against her anti-Semitism, her anti-Semitism, and then they back off.”
“Nothing has happened so far,” Webster interjected.
“Correct. And by the way, it’s not just Ilhan Omar. We saw Beto O’Rourke over the weekend. ‘Oh, it’s not Israel I don’t like, it’s Bibi Netanyahu.’ And he basically labelled him —”
“A racist,” said Webster, referring to the fact that 2020 Democrat candidate Beto O’Rourke did in fact call Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a racist over the weekend.
“What he’s calling racism is probably where the opinion of about 80 percent of Israel is,” said Ballabon. He said that about 80 percent of people in Israel agree with the policies espoused by Netanyahu which O’Rourke called “racist.”
It is “way beyond the pale,” said Ballabon. “This is an outright assault on Jews.”
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