Omar in 2018: Americans 'Should Be More Fearful of White Men'

'We should be...creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men'

July 25, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) argued Americans "should be more fearful of white men" in a 2018 interview with journalist Mehdi Hasan on Al Jazeera.

Hasan observed that conservatives would argue that Islamophobia is a product of legitimate fear in the wake of terrorist attacks.

"What would you say to them?" Hasan asked.

"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," Omar replied. "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."

The comments were first reported by the Daily Wire's Molly Prince. The full interview can be found here.

This is not the first time Omar has made controversial remarks regarding terrorism. In March, she referred to the 9/11 attacks as "some people did something."

Omar has also come under fire for anti-Semitic comments.

In February, Omar said she wanted "to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country," and doubled-down on her remarks.

House Democratic leaders scrambled to write and pass a resolution condemning various forms of hatred in the wake of her remarks.

Omar had previously drawn scrutiny for separate remarks, and she apologized in early February for anti-Semitic tweets in which she alleged AIPAC pays politicians to be pro-Israel. She also acknowledged a tweet in which she accused Israel of hypnotizing the world and performing evil acts was "unfortunate."