Ilhan Omar says people should be 'more fearful of white men' in resurfaced interview on 'jihadi terrorism'
Representative for Minnesota was speaking in an Al Jazeera interview from 2018. Host Medhi Hasan asked whether some people were justified in fearing Islam. However, Omar said, when it comes to fear, people should look to white men
Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar said that Americans should be 'more fearful of white men' after being asked about fears people in the US have of 'jihadist terrorism'.
The Representative for Minnesota, 37, was appearing in an interview on Al Jazeera that was recorded in 2018 and has recently resurfaced.
Host Medhi Hasan asked her whether some Americans were justified in fearing Islam, not out of hate but for their own safety.
Omar responded by saying that, when it comes to fear, people should look more towards white men than any other group.
She said: 'I would say our country should be more fearful of white men across our country because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country.
'And so if fear was the driving force of policies to keep America safe -- Americans safe inside of this country -- we should be profiling, monitoring, and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men.'
This isn't the first time Omar has been criticized for making controversial statements on extremism.
In April, she was slammed for describing the September 11 attacks as 'some people did something'
She made the comment at a recent speech at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Omar called for an end to discrimination against Muslims, before adding: 'CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.'
Omar was involved in a public Twitter spat with President Trump after he told reporters she should leave the US if she's unhappy with how the country operates.
'If somebody has a problem with our country, if somebody doesn't want to be in our country, they should leave,' he said earlier this month.
Trump also addressed the issue at his North Carolina political rally on July 17.
He said: 'Omar minimized the Sept. 11 attacks on our homeland, saying ''some people did something''.
'''Some people did something?'' Yeah, some people did something, alright. She pleaded for compassion for ISIS recruits attempting to join the terrorist organization. She was looking for compassion.'
Trump has been at odds with Omar and the rest of the self-described 'squad' of minority freshmen congresswomen.
On July 14, Trump told Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley to 'go back' and fix their countries of origin before wading into U.S. government.
The comments were widely viewed as 'racist,' but the president continued to repeat similar sentiments – like telling people if they don't like America, they can leave, and claiming the four congresswomen are 'not capable' of loving the U.S.
The lawmakers – who were all elected to the House in the 2018 midterm elections – held a press conference to condemn Trump's words and call for his impeachment.
Of the four in 'the squad,' only Omar was born outside of the U.S.
Ocasio-Cortez is of Puerto Rican descent, Tlaib's parents are Palestinian immigrants and Pressley is African American.