After the antisemitic comments of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar many have done digging into her history.
And what was found was more frightening than anyone had imagined it would be.
Jacob Wohl, a prominent supporter of President Donald Trump, noted that Omar, when she was a state representative voted to force life insurance companies to pay the families of jihadists.
“Ilhan Omar wants to pass legislation forcing US insurance companies to pay out life insurance policies to families of Jihadists who get killed while waging war overseas against the United States and our allies,” he said.
Ilhan Omar wants to pass legislation forcing US insurance companies to pay out life insurance policies to families of Jihadists who get killed while waging war overseas against the United States and our allies
She MUST be removed // Sign the petition! https://t.co/sbzmWsYTkd
— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) February 15, 2019
It was 2017 when Omar and another Minnesota representative cast the stunning votes, Alpha News reported.
On Thursday, members of the Minnesota House voted to pass H.F. 1397, a bill which would give life insurance companies the right to deny payouts to beneficiaries whose loved one died while committing an act of terrorism.
In a bipartisan effort, Republicans and Democrats joined together to pass the bill 127-2. Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minneapolis) and John Lesch (D-St.Paul) were the only two lawmakers who voted against the measure.
Lesch, who announced his decision to run for attorney general in April, gave a thorough explanation as to why he voted no.
“[The bill] allows an insurance company, not a court, to decide what constitutes an act of terrorism under the cited statute, and it lowers the burden on that call to preponderance of the evidence,” Lesch told Alpha News.
Lesch gave Alpha News a hypothetical situation:
“In a riot after a hockey championship, a group of fans leave the stadium, and some of them throw bottles and block traffic. In the process, a few (not all) of them deface property in a manner that constitutes a felony (over $1000 in damage). A motorist, frustrated with being blocked in traffic by a group of drunk hockey fans, decides he’s tired of waiting and steps on the gas, running through the crowd, killing one of the revelers (who was not doing anything wrong other than picking the wrong crowd to hang out with, but who would likely have been charged with accessory to Criminal Damage to Property had he survived). Did the dead fan commit an act of terrorism? Most reasonable people would say no. But the bill that passed yesterday would allow an insurance company (who has a financial incentive to deny claims) to decide that it falls under the law which would expressly permit the insurer to deny the claim to the deceased’s grieving widow and family.”
But Rep. Omar gave no response to Alpha News as top why she cast her vote and it was weeks after she asked for leniency for nine men who were convicted of attempting to join the Islamic State.
The representative, who has been accused of being anti-Semitic, suggested using compassion rather than punishment against men who tried to join the terror group when she was a state representative, Fox News reported.
Embattled congressional freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., once asked a judge to show leniency toward a group of Minnesota men accused of trying to join the Islamic State terror group.
“The best deterrent to fanaticism is a system of compassion,” she wrote at the time. “We must alter our attitude and approach; if we truly want to effect change, we should refocus our efforts on inclusion and rehabilitation.”
The nine Minnesota men were facing decades in prison after being accused in 2015 of making plans, including buying fake passports, in an effort to travel to Syria and fight for ISIS, which was at its peak level of activity and held territory in Syria and Iraq.
Omar, who was then a Minnesota state representative, was part of a group that sent letters to Judge Michael Davis urging him to give shorter sentences, arguing that harsher penalties would only lead to more people joining the terror group.
“Incarcerating 20-year-old men for 30 or 40 years is essentially a life sentence. Society will have no expectations of the to-be 50- or 60-year-old released prisoners; it will view them with distrust and revulsion,” read Omar’s letter to the judge, as obtained by FOX 9 of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
“Such punitive measures not only lack efficacy, they inevitably create an environment in which extremism can flourish, aligning with the presupposition of terrorist recruitment,” she added.
She said this even after one of the men charged said that “I was not going there to pass out medical kits or food. I was going strictly to fight and kill on behalf of the Islamic State.”
But Omar argued “A long-term prison sentence for one who chose violence to combat direct marginalization is a statement that our justice system misunderstands the guilty. A restorative approach to justice assesses the lure of criminality and addresses it.”