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Local Minnesota Editorial Questions Ilhan Omar’s Credibility

By Samuel Allegri

U.S Rep. Ilhan Omar is now facing eight Minnesota campaign-finance law violations.

She was the subject of a sharp editorial article in Minnesota’s Star Tribune on June 12, stating that this was the latest “misstep by the first-term congresswoman.”

“U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is back in the news again, and not in a good way,” wrote the editorial. “The former state representative who won a seat in Congress last fall continues to be dogged by past missteps, this time eight violations of Minnesota campaign-finance law that will cost her nearly $3,500 in reimbursements and civil penalties.”

Minnesota campaign finance officials decreed last week that Omar had to pay her campaign committee a sum of almost $3,500 plus a $500 civil penalty, due to the usage of committee funds for personal travel and help on tax returns.

The Star Tribune noted that the state’s Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board reported that Omar filed joint tax returns with her husband while being married to another man, which is not allowed by Minnesota law.

“It is even more disturbing, therefore, to learn that among the board’s latest findings … Omar, for two years running, filed joint tax returns with a man she was living with but not legally married to. Complicating matters further, she was legally married to another man at the time,” the editorial said.

The article also asked Omar to disclose whether the filings benefited her materially, because, “That is something that voters, who are obliged to follow tax laws no matter how painful, are entitled to know,” it read.

According to the editorial, collecting allegedly illegal speaking fees could also prompt an investigation.

Ilhan Omar Insults Americans: ‘Ignorance Is Really Pervasive in Many Parts of This Country’

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) took a shot at the intelligence of American voters who do not agree with her politics, claiming “ignorance really is pervasive in many parts of this country.”

Speaking with host John Nicols during an appearance on The Nation’s “Next Left” podcast on May 21, the freshman congresswoman discussed issues related to immigration policy and claimed that some American voters have been misled by Republicans about the process of resettlement.

“[T]he Republicans are really good at misinformation and sort of really reorganizing facts to sort of paint a picture that really eventually is not rooted in fact,” she told Nicols.

She claimed that some Minnesotan Republicans were trying to stop immigrants from coming into the state.

“And I remember I wrote this tweet and I said, you know, I wish that you would take the time to at least educate yourself about how the resettlement program works,” she said. “There are agencies that run the resettlement program. This is, this is a process that’s run through them. If you end that contract, it’s not that refugees are not going to be resettled, it’s that the state just doesn’t get informed. And so the only leverage you have is that you are part of this contract and you can be part of the negotiations on how many people get resettled in your state.”

The Epoch Times reporter Janita Kan contributed to this report.