Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has come under fire for multiple anti-Semitic statements.
And the Democrats created a debacle for themselves with the failure to either specifically condemn her or to be able to make a stand alone resolution simply condemning anti-Semitism.
But this isn’t the first time that Omar has taken controversial positions.
In 2017, the Minnesota legislature was considering a bill, H. F. No. 1397, to allow insurance companies to deny payouts to beneficiaries if the insured’s death was “directly or indirectly as a result of the insured’s furtherance of terrorism.”
The bill was in response to the 2015 San Bernardino shooting. Syed Rizwan Farook, a California man who, with his wife Tashfeen Malik, shot and killed 14 people, had previously taken out two life insurance policies worth a combined total of $275,000. After Farook was killed in a shootout with law enforcement, his mother was to be the primary beneficiary of the policies.
However, the federal government filed a lawsuit to seize the money, saying it planned to disperse the funds among the surviving victims and the families of those killed in the attack.
“Terrorists must not be permitted to provide for their designated beneficiaries through their crimes,” said then- U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker in a statement. “My office intends to explore every legal option available to us to ensure these funds are made available to the victims of this horrific crime. We will continue to use every tool available to seek justice on behalf of the victims.”
The Minnesota bill passed but two people voted against it, Rep. John Lesch and Rep. Ilhan Omar, who was then in the Minnesota legislature.
Lesch said he wasn’t opposed to the purpose of the bill, but he said he was concerned that since the decision was by the insurance companies that it might give the companies too much discretion over what constituted terrorism in order to deny benefits.
Omar did not explain why she voted the way she did and has not responded to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Omar has been criticized by some on the political right for a letter she sent a judge back in 2016 asking for leniency to be shown to nine Minnesota men charged with planning to join ISIS. “The best deterrent to fanaticism is a system of compassion,” reads one portion of the letter. “We must alter our attitude and approach; if we truly want to affect change, we should refocus our efforts on inclusion and rehabilitation.”
Minneapolis, a city within Omar’s congressional district, has witnessed some of its young male residents join, or attempt to join, terror groups such as ISIS and Somalia-based al-Shabab, according to one Fox News story.