Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sits with fellow Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee during a bill markup, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sunday was International Women’s Day, and because the Democratic party’s obsession with identity politics is a very real thing, many of them took to the Twitter machine to express solidarity with women around the world.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, a member of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Squad” of controversial Democratic freshman Congresswomen, joined many of her colleagues by way of tweeting out a message imploring her followers to “respect, believe, and elect black women”:
Respect Black women.
Believe Black women.
Elect Black women.#InternationalWomensDay
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 8, 2020
This is, of course, standard fare for Democrats who view things like gender, sexual orientation, and skin color as primary reasons to support a candidate for public office.
But Kimberly Klacik, the Republican nominee for the Maryland Congressional district once held by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D), noticed Omar’s tweet and made the following observation:
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) March 8, 2020
Omar, like her fellow Squad members Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, did indeed endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders over all of the female candidates, including Sen. Kamala Harris.
As I noted last week, in a non-identity politics obsessed world, your endorsement would be your own, and you wouldn’t have to answer for discrepancies like these because they wouldn’t exist. A Latina or Muslim woman throwing their support behind an old white guy like Sanders would not be given the “how dare she?” treatment – because in real life, not everything revolves around supporting someone solely on the basis of their gender, race, etc.
But apparently for these three, endorsing an old, privileged white guy and rape fantasist over minority female candidates was okay because he also happens to be a socialist. For certain identity-politics-obsessed Democrats, it was and is suddenly acceptable for identity politics to take a back seat to other factors, like where a candidate stands on the issues (which is how it really should be all the time, and not just when Democrats declare it).
As I wrote over the weekend, I categorically reject identity politics in part because they are a deliberate attempt at emotionally manipulating so-called minority voters by pitting them one against the other, and by portraying them as “victims” of the system who “need rescuing” by big government Democrats.
But such rules are set by Democrats and the MSM, and as such they should be called out when they’ve broken their own rules simply because they’ve become inconvenient to the electoral strategy of the Democratic party.