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Rep. Ilhan Omar Bristles at ‘Appalling Question’ Asking Her to Condemn Female Genital Mutilation

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) pushed back on an “appalling question” about female genital mutilation that she was asked during a speaking event with fellow Muslims.

PJ Media reports that Ani Zonneveld, president of Muslims for Progressive Values, asked Omar to condemn the medieval practice while she took questions at the Muslim Caucus Education Collective’s 2019 Conference. Omar called it an “appalling question” before launching into a tangent about how often she and fellow Muslim congresswoman Rashida Tlaib are asked to condemn objectionable elements connected to Islam.

“Should I make a schedule? Like, does this need to be on repeat every 5 minutes? Should I be like, ‘so, today I forgot to condemn Al-Qaeda, so here’s the Al-Qaeda one. Today I forgot to condemn FGM so here it goes. Today I forgot to condemn Hamas so here it goes.’ It is a very frustrating question that comes up. You can look up my record. I’ve voted for bills doing exactly what you are asking me to do.

Omar went on to say she was “quite disgusted to be honest that as Muslim legislators, we are constantly being asked to waste our time speaking to issues that other people are not asked to speak to because the assumption exists that we somehow support [it].”

Omar is a Somali refugee, having fled the war-torn nation with her family when she was 12 years old. Traditional Somali culture still includes what many see as the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation, however that practice has abated significantly with global attention.

She continued to ask for questions that other members of Congress might receive, and not questions that “come an accusation that we might support something that is so abhorrent, so offensive, so evil, so vile.”

Watch above, via Nicholas Ballasy / PJ Media

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