Facing criticism from within her own party after comparing the US and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban, Rep. Ilhan Omar clarified that the comments were meant as a compliment of America and its ally.
“I was trying to point out how much progress both the US and Israel have made,” the Minnesota Democrat told The Mideast Beast. “Hamas and the Taliban are literally my two favorite governments, now that ISIS is gone. I don’t get why everyone is so upset.”
Omar pointed to the entrance of an Islamist party, Ra’am, into the Israeli government.
“They’re a little moderate for my taste, but at least it’s a step in the right direction,” she explained. “Now, if they renounced democracy, launched a violent coup and enforced strict Sharia law, then I’d recognize Israel as a real country.”