Ilhan Omar Calls for America's ‘Economy & Political Systems’ to be Torn Down
Far-left Democrat says 'dismantling' the 'criminal justice system' is not enough
Far-left Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is demanding that America's "economy and political systems" are torn down.
According to Omar, "dismantling" the "criminal justice system" in the United States doesn't go far enough, insisting that "we cannot stop" there.
The controversial lawmaker made the remarks during a press conference at the Minnesota People of Color and Indigenous Caucus event in St. Paul, Minnesota, which centered around the Black Lives Matter movement.
While the event was supposedly meant to focus on issues around racism, Omar and other guests pushed radical objectives such as calls to "abolish the police."
Omar tweeted earlier Tuesday that the purpose of the event was to address “racism in policing” in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death.
Omar has joined calls from local Democratic leaders to defund the police after four Minneapolis police officers were fired and charged in connection to Floyd’s death.
The Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted to get rid of the city’s police department in June.
"The murder of George Floyd reawakened calls to address racism in policing and reform our criminal justice system," Omar said on Twitter.
The murder of George Floyd reawakened calls to address racism in policing and reform our criminal justice system.— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) July 7, 2020
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“We can’t stop at criminal justice reform or policing reform for that matter,” Omar said during the "anti-racism" event.
“We are not merely fighting to tear down the systems of oppression in the criminal justice system, we are fighting to tear down systems of oppression that exists in housing, in education, in healthcare, in employment, in the air we breathe.”
"Right now in Congress, the Senate is sitting on a comprehensive bill to transform criminal justice and the policing system," Omar continued.
"All along with the Congressional Black Caucus, I helped lead the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
"And because of Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump, it is being ignored.
"I guess the president would rather attack the people who are protesting than actually address the issues people are out here protesting for.”
"The mortality rate for black Minnesotans to COVID is twice as high as it is with other races and for me this is very personal because I lost my own father to the coronavirus,” Omar concluded before allowing other guests to speak.
"I see the pain and havoc it’s wrecking on black communities in Minneapolis.
"We must recognize that these systems of oppression are linked.
"As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequality.
"So we cannot stop at criminal justice system.
"We must begin the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.”
Ilhan Omar calls for "dismantling" of the U.S. "economy and political systems." In case it wasn't clear. pic.twitter.com/B8DJdQvSxB— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 7, 2020
Omar decalred her support for the vote abolish the Minneapolis Police Department, saying it is beyond reform.
"You can’t really reform a department that is rotten to the root,” Omar said at the time.
"What you can do is rebuild.
"And so this is our opportunity, you know, as a city to come together, have the conversation of what public safety looks like, who enforces the most dangerous crimes that take place in our community.”