Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night launched an attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, saying the outspoken progressive is “living proof” that U.S. immigration laws are “dangerous.”
“Omar isn’t disappointed in America. She’s enraged by it,” Carlson said, citing Omar’s discussions about various forms of discrimination in the U.S. “That should worry you, and not just because Omar is a sitting member of Congress. Ilhan Omar is living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country.”
Carlson went on to say that Omar, who moved to the U.S. as a child after living in a Kenyan refugee camp, shows that immigration laws are “undermining” America.
“Maybe that is our fault for asking too little of our immigrants. We aren’t self-confident enough to make them assimilate so they never feel fully American. Or maybe the problem is deeper than that. Maybe we are importing people from places whose values are simply antithetical to ours. Who knows what the problem is but there is a problem and whatever that cause this cannot continue. It’s not sustainable,” Carlson said.
“No country can import large numbers of people who hate it and expect to survive. The Romans were the last to try that with predictable results. So be grateful for Ilhan Omar, annoying as she is. She’s a living fire alarm, a warning to the rest of us.”
The Minnesota progressive has been outspoken on issues of discrimination during her first term in the House, prompting suggestions from Carlson that she is insufficiently “grateful.”
When asked for comment, Omar’s office pointed The Hill to her tweet on Tuesday night, in which she fired back at Carlson.
“Not gonna lie, it’s kinda fun watching a racist fool like this weeping about my presence in Congress. No lies will stamp out my love for this country or my resolve to make our union more perfect,” Omar tweeted in response to Tuesday’s remarks. “They will just have to get used to calling me Congresswoman!”
Not gonna lie, it’s kinda fun watching a racist fool like this weeping about my presence in Congress 🤣🤣
No lies will stamp out my love for this country or my resolve to make our union more perfect.
They will just have to get used to calling me Congresswoman! https://t.co/nRS13yWivK
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 10, 2019
Carlson has previously gone after Omar as a “symbol of America’s failed immigration system.” The Fox News host has been accused of promoting white nationalism in the past for his rhetoric criticizing immigrants.
From The Hill