Ilhan Omar couldn’t believe one leading Democrat wanted to throw her out of the party
Ilhan Omar has been a magnet for controversy since the day she won election to Congress in 2018.
Many Democrats privately grumble that she is bad for the party.
But now Ilhan Omar couldn’t believe one leading Democrat wanted to throw her out of the party.
Minnesota Democrat Colin Peterson is one of the most endangered members of the House running for re-election.
Donald Trump won his rural Minnesota district overwhelmingly by 30 points in 2016 and figures to carry it again in 2020.
Voters nowadays rarely split their tickets when voting, so Peterson has to win over a substantial number of Republicans to win re-election.
A staffer for the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee asked Peterson why he defended his fellow Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar despite her many scandals.
“Do you have any comment as to why you defended Ilhan Omar?” the staffer asked Peterson.
Peterson responded that not only does he not support Omar, but that Democrats should throw her out of the party.
“I don’t defend her. She doesn’t belong in our party,” Peterson shot back.
This is a difficult balancing act for Peterson.
Omar is intensely popular with the party’s grassroots base.
By criticizing Omar Peterson risks some base Democrat voters staying home on Election Day.
But given the composition of his district and the landslide margin Donald Trump will win it by, the greater risk to Peterson is alienating Republican voters as opposed to the fringe base of the Democrat Party.
Even in what was a bad year for Republicans, Peterson’s GOP challenger improved up on the party’s margin from 2016.
In 2020, with Donald Trump at the top of the ticket, Peterson would have to be considered an underdog no matter what he says about Ilhan Omar.