Ilhan Omar challenger says push to disband Minneapolis police department is ‘reckless’ Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Republican-endorsed challenger is pushing back against what he calls the radical congresswoman’s “unthinking” call to defund the Minneapolis Police Department — and says he believes he has a good chance of climbing a “political Mount Everest” and unseating her in November.
“It’s just a quick, unthinking type of solution that goes along with her way of thinking and her way of doing business, and I think it’s just a bad idea all the way around,” Lacy Johnson told Fox News of the push to defund the police, which he also called “dangerous” and “reckless.”
OMAR, ROMNEY AMONG LAWMAKERS JOINING GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS AMID SIGNS OF STRONGER ANTI-POLICE TONE
Omar was one of the left-wing freshman congresswomen known as “The Squad” who entered Congress in 2019. Omar in particular has caused a range of controversies over some of her incendiary statements since coming into office — ideas that have caused her to clash with President Trump on a number of occasions .
In the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month, Omar has responded by backing activists’ calls to defund and even abolish the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). She went so far recently as to call the MPD a “cancer.”
“The Minneapolis Police Department is rotten to the root, and so when we dismantle it, we get rid of that cancer, and we allow for something beautiful to rise, and that reimagining allows us to figure out what public safety looks like for us,” she said . U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, along with members of the United States Congressional Black Caucus, visit the site where George Floyd died Thursday, June 4, 2020 in Minneapolis. Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis […]