Ihlan Omar, a recently elected congresswoman, is facing immense backlash after publicly mocking Vice President Mike Pence’s faith.
The Minnesota congresswoman-elect shared a photo to Twitter of Pence with his eyes closed, taken during a meeting between President Trump and Democrat leaders regarding the border wall.
Omar apparently viewed the photo as an opportunity to mock Pence’s Christian faith, captioning it, “Jesus take the wheel! #BorderWall.”
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 11, 2018
The photo, drawing from Carrie Underwood’s famous song “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” went viral, but probably not in the way Omar had hoped. She was met with plenty of backlash for making fun of Pence’s faith.
Yeah, make fun of someone for their faith. Good job.
— Paul "The Book Guy" Alves (@PaulTheBookGuy) December 13, 2018
Just showed her lack of respect for another's faith. Pay attention folks, it's moments like this where people show their true colors!
— deplorabledereck72 (@dereck72vapes) December 14, 2018
Not a good look for your faith, your election as a representative of your entire district & especially as an American woman. Do better. Love not hate. ?
— NikT✨ (@NiktNiemand) December 17, 2018
This is not the first time Omar has gained attention for her daring tweets. In 2011, the Minnesota Democrat tweeted, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine #Israel.”
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 16, 2012
She received plenty of pushback, as many saw the tweet as anti-Semitic.
One user tweeted back, “… you know you are supposed to represent some heavily Jewish communities such as St Louis Park, Golden Valley? Really???”
Say @IlhanMN, you know you are supposed to represent some heavily Jewish communities such as St Louis Park, Golden Valley? Really???
— Nancy Ritzman (@nanritz) November 24, 2018
Another user tweeted at the CEO of Twitter: “
@jack. This is not acceptable. God bless Israel.”
@jack. This is not acceptable. God bless Israel.
— Kay Golson (@KayGolson) November 24, 2018
When asked in an interview with ABC News if she considered herself anti-Semitic, Omar said it’s those who accuse her of being that are the real bigots.
“These accusations are without merit. They are rooted in bigotry toward a belief about what Muslims are stereotyped to believe,” she said.
(H/T: CBN News)