Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) on Saturday evening blamed American foreign policy for the immigration crisis, despite claiming earlier in the day she loves the United States more than American-born citizens.
Omar, who has a history of making anti-Semitic remarks, appeared on MSNBC's PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton, who also has his own history of being anti-Semitic. Sharpton led a violent 1991 riot in Crown Heights, a Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, which resulted in 183 people being injured and Australian University academic Yankel Rosenbaum being murdered. Sharpton also negatively referred to Jews as "diamond dealers."
Sharpton asked Omar about the Democratic feud between Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and "the squad," which includes Omar and three other freshman House Democrats who have been outspoken about their opposition to the immigration crisis at the border and have called for ICE to be abolished.
"Everybody wants to make this personal. This isn't personal for me. You know, I understand my role. My colleagues understand their role. We're there to take the tough votes to make sure that our values are intact in the policies that we push for. We have a responsibility to take a vote on behalf of the constituents that send us to Washington and leadership has a responsibility to make sure they wrangle the members of Congress to push forth the policies that they're putting forth, so everybody has a role. Everybody has a lane."
Later in the interview, Omar blamed U.S. foreign policy for the immigration crisis.
"This is what this administration and its ideology has produced. Also generations of not attending to a foreign policy that is just in regards to Northern Triangle has created this mass migration that we are dealing with today," Omar said.
"I want to make sure that the leadership of the Democratic Party is spending most of their energy– all of their energy in trying to make sure that we are resisting the detrimental policies that are coming from this administration and that we are insisting on leading this nation to the betterment," Omar continued.
Omar questioned the patriotism of of American-born citizens on Saturday during the liberal Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia, claiming she "probably love[s] this country more than anyone who is naturally born" in the United States.