Benjamin Weingarten: Ilhan and Ingratitude

Benjamin Weingarten has written a new book titled American Ingrate: Ilhan Omar and the Progressive-Islamist Takeover of the Democratic Party, focusing on Minnesota’s favorite Squad member. Ben is a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, Fellow at the Claremont Institute, and Senior Contributor at The Federalist. Follow him on Twitter!

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  1. RufusRJones Member

    Epic interview. Benjamin Weingarten couldn’t possibly have come up with more stuff from his investigation. I live in that congressional district and local talk radio covers her every single week and I’ve never heard a lot of that.

    Really good political analysis too. All of these people need to be exposed.

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    • March 7, 2020, at 4:51 PM PST
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  2. kedavis Member

    Assuming that most of the Somali population in Minnesota would have been victims of/fled from the regime that Omar’s family was apparently connected to, why would they vote for her? That sounds like Cuban refugees in Florida voting for Raul Castro after he came to Florida from Cuba and ran for office while still being connected with his brother Fidel’s regime.

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    • March 7, 2020, at 9:52 PM PST
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  3. jonb60173 Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Assuming that most of the Somali population in Minnesota would have been victims of/fled from the regime that Omar’s family was apparently connected to, why would they vote for her? That sounds like Cuban refugees in Florida voting for Raul Castro after he came to Florida from Cuba and ran for office while still being connected with his brother Fidel’s regime.

    Possibly because they now will have one of their own (maybe not their own in social circle, but in heritage) in power, which in turn gives them a voice in Washington for more Fed money. They’re just playing the system like every other group, and I’m sure Ilhan will produce because this is her voting base.

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    • March 8, 2020, at 7:56 AM PDT
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  4. RufusRJones Member

    I forget the details, but there is something like 350,000 voters in MNCD5. 27,000 of them were Somali but that was a decade ago. The only thing that matters is the primary, and the Somali vote can obviously affect that. Supposedly in Minnesota, Somalis vote 80% Democrat.

    The district is basically dominated by socialists and gated community socialists. I think the Jewish community which is pretty big here is pretty unhappy about her. Supposedly, some sophisticated people are trying to figure out how to primary her with a Democrat. Reportedly she gets tons and tons of donations from all over the place and she doesn’t need it so she gives it to other Democrats.

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    • March 8, 2020, at 9:12 AM PDT
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  5. Henry Castaigne Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Assuming that most of the Somali population in Minnesota would have been victims of/fled from the regime that Omar’s family was apparently connected to, why would they vote for her? That sounds like Cuban refugees in Florida voting for Raul Castro after he came to Florida from Cuba and ran for office while still being connected with his brother Fidel’s regime.

    Religion and race tend to mean more to people than politics. One of the reasons Islam is so powerful is that it functions as a tribe (race) and it functions as a governing philosophy (politics) it’s the ultimate tribal identity. People can get really stupid when it comes to tribalism and we are all people. 

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    • March 8, 2020, at 12:10 PM PDT
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  6. kedavis Member

    The next question probably is, why are those Somalis voting? Just because they’re here, doesn’t mean they get to vote. It’s difficult to believe they’ve all become legal citizens and hence eligible to vote.

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    • March 8, 2020, at 10:06 PM PDT
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