Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Speaking with host John Nicols In a recent interview, took a shot at the intelligence of American voters who do not agree with her politics, stating “ignorance really is pervasive in many parts of this country.”
The freshman congresswoman discussed issues related to immigration policy and stated that some American voters have been misled by Republicans about the process of resettlement.
“The Republicans are really good at misinformation and sort of really reorganizing facts to sort of paint a picture that really eventually is not rooted in fact,” she told Nicols.
Omar continued by claiming that some Minnesotan Republicans were trying to stop immigrants from coming into the state.
“And I remember I wrote this tweet and I said, you know, I wish that you would take the time to at least educate yourself about how the resettlement program works,” she said. “There are agencies that run the resettlement program. This is, this is a process that’s run through them. If you end that contract, it’s not that refugees are not going to be resettled, it’s that the state just doesn’t get informed. And so the only leverage you have is that you are part of this contract and you can be part of the negotiations on how many people get resettled in your state.”
She continued: “And so it is not that they might not be knowledgeable about this, but they use it as a tool to stir up hate and division. And ignorance really is pervasive in many parts of, of this country. And as someone who was raised by educators, I really like to inform people about things that they might be ignorant to, willingly or unwillingly.”
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