Ilhan Omar – Getting Down to Business with the Congressional Freshman Class | The Daily Show


Welcome back to the show. Oh, thank you so much
for having me back. It’s, uh, been a long time
since you were last here, and you have done a lot
since then. -Congratulations
-Thank you. …at, uh, making your way
into Congress. -That is exciting.
-It’s been a long journey. It has been a long journey, and it has been
a fruitful journey, as well. Um, people love throwing
“the first” at you. Do-do you ever get tired of having to be the first
of everything? We could go, “first refugee,
first Somali woman, first woman of color
to represent Minnesota.” It’s just like, “First, first,
first, first, first, first.” Sometimes people
just add extra “firsts” that are not real to just… -It becomes a thing. Yeah, yeah.
-“First woman named ‘Ilhan’ -to be in Cong…” Yes, yes.
-Right. Um, but-but
you are a trailblazer. I mean, just the hijab alone
is something that fundamentally changed
what Congress was. There was a ban
on the hijab for, I think it was over 100 years,
apparently? 187 years. I-I… And that-that changed
because of you. -Yeah. -Was there…
was there, like, backlash? Does anyone, like, look at you
and go…? Does anyone say anything
about that, or was everyone like,
“Yeah, yeah, this makes sense”? I mean, so, it’s interesting,
’cause there was a-a ban -on hats and headwear.
-Oh. And what people didn’t realize
is that it… it made it unconstitutional
to apply it to me, because we are supposed
to have religious liberty -in this country.
-Right. And so, um, it would have applied a-a religious test, and, so, lifting it is just upholding
our constitution. And people are like, “Oh, they did her a favor,
and all of these people -are changing things for her.”
-Right, right, right. And it’s, like, no, we’re just
following the constitution. It does… it does feel like… (applause and cheering) It does… It does feel like
there is a certain tension around the freshman group
of congress people who have come in, you know,
after these midterms. You know, you feel a lot
of the old guard, especially on the right,
terrified of the group. You know, it’s yourself,
it’s Ocasio-Cortez, it’s Rashida Tlaib.
Like, you have these people where everyone’s
just going like, “They’re troublemakers,
they’re here to cause chaos.” -Yeah.
-Are you there to cause chaos? I mean, they could hear us
coming from afar, and I… -(applause and cheering) -And
I… and I really believe it. You know, I mean, all of us
were ready and are still ready
to throw down on behalf
of the American people. We’re ready to throw down
and make sure that we’re taking care of
health care once and for all… -Right.
-…and that we’re making sure to get rid of, uh,
for-profit prisons, and that we’re, um, going
to cancel out student debt -and free young people from…
-(applause and cheering) …right, like, the shackles
of debt. -Wow.
-And so… Trump and, um,
and the Republicans could see us coming, and so
they shut down the government, and they ended up being
this really interestingly bizarrely scripted scene
from, like, the House of Cards. -Yes. -Um, except
he wasn’t as entertaining or as strategic
as Frank Underwood. And-and so we… we’re here,
like, excited to get sworn in into this historic– right?–
historic Congress, and we came into
another bizarre history, -Right. -because
the shutdown we walked into was the first shutdown,
not only, like, the longest, but the first shutdown
that was orchestrated -by a president of this country.
-Oh, that’s interesting. Right. And, you know, you and I
come from foreign countries, -Yes. -and so in many
of the foreign countries around the world, if
a president or a prime minister was to shut down government, there would probably be
a vote of no confidence. -Mm-hmm. -He would
no longer be president. That’s interesting. -(cheering, applause)
-Right? And we’re…
and we’re sitting here, and we’re not
holding him accountable for shutting down the government
for 35 days and getting nothing -out of it.
-It does… it does seem like Trump operates, um, under,
you know, a set of rules that no one else does,
and-and that’s… -He’s delusional. That’s why.
-(laughter) And you haven’t been afraid
to call him out on that. But let’s talk
about some of those policies -that you spoke about.
-Mm-hmm. One of the biggest criticisms
that, you know, you always hear
leveled against you, and the group of freshmen
who have come in, generally, is that people go:
“Oh, these are lofty ambitions “that can’t be achieved. “America doesn’t have the money
to cancel student debt. “America doesn’t have the money
for Medicare for all. American just
doesn’t have the money.” How would you propose
getting the money to pay for these
amazing programs? America has money. Money isn’t… We don’t have
a problem of scarcity, really. What we have is a problem
of moral courage. Right? -Our budgets really are
supposed to be… -(applause) our budgets are supposed to be,
uh, an example of… -of our moral values.
-Right. And so, you know, this is why
I got on the Budget Committee, ’cause I’m excited to make sure
that we have a budget -that’s reflective of our
values. -(cheering, applause) And so what we need to do
is we need to make sure that we are prioritizing
and funding policies that create positive impact
in people’s day-to-day lives. -Mm-hmm.
-We have been… prioritizing
in enriching the wealthy. We have given in to, um… caving in– right?– like, to
the powers of special interests, -Right.
-and so we need to make sure that we’re holding
special interests accountable, that we’re getting money
out of politics, that we are, uh, taxing…
the uber rich. -Right.
-Um, that the one percent gets to pay their fair share. -Right.
-Um, so this is… this is why we’re proposing
a marginal tax rate. We want to make sure
that the American people recognize government as one that works for them and works on behalf
of their interests. If you… (cheers and applause) If you’ve been following
the shutdown, for most people, the story
has been that, um, Democrats and Republicans
are now working on a plan to fund border security. And, you know, you listen
to Nancy Pelosi speak, and it seems like
the biggest sticking point is really the wall,
but a lot of people agree on the basic fundamentals
of giving more money to the border, to, you know, for border security
and improving that. But yourself and a few
of your freshmen colleagues have come out, and you wrote
a letter saying no, -we should cut funding
to these programs. -Mm-hmm. That’s a really controversial
stance to take. Why? I mean, because what
we have been doing is that we’ve just had
slush funds to fund private
detention centers for young kids who are being
put in cages. That is, that is not in line
with our values. We want to make sure that every
single dollar that we have, um, is used to actually care, and provide something that is
in line with our values. We have– You know, Minnesota,
like, that’s where I come from– -It’s negative 60 degrees
yesterday. -Mm-hmm. We have a homeless crisis. We have people who are freezing And what we can do
with the money that we have is make sure that we’re
investing $20 billion in providing homes
to our homeless folks. That would get rid of
homelessness in this country. (applause) What we can do
is that we can stop the constant increase
of our defense budget. Since 9/11,
it increased nearly 50%. We have not had that high
of an increase in education funding;
we haven’t had that kind of increase
in health care funding, right? We don’t invest in the things
that actually, positively impact people. But we are willing
to invest in things that give contracts to, uh, companies and corporations
that benefit from our struggles
and our pains. And that’s not gonna happen
under our watch. Let me ask you this. You, um…
-(cheers and applause) You’re someone who has been
very outspoken. You know, you’ve always spoken
your mind, you’ve always spoken directly
to people, voters, your colleagues, etcetera. And recently, you’ve come
under fire for a few of your previous comments. -Um… Yeah.
-Recently. (laughs) -But, I mean, well, most
recently. -It’s constant. -You know, there was a,
-It’s constant. there was a tweet that you had
a while ago, criticizing Israel
and what, you know, how they’re handling the crisis
in Palestine and in Gaza. And you said, you know, Israel is hypnotizing the world
with what they’re doing. You apologized after that for–
And what you said was really interesting to me
in the apology. You said,
I apologize for focusing on the semantic argument -and clarifying my comments.
-Mm-hmm. And– but I-I apologize for not making people understand
that I was completely not trying to be anti-Semitic,
and not standing up -and fighting against
that anti-Semitism. -Right. Because, I mean, you know,
people who may not know, but the-the idea of Jewish people
hypnotizing anyone is part of the stigma -that led to many of them,
you know… -Yeah. The Holocaust and many
of the hate crimes against them. You apologized for that, -but you’ve still stood fast
-But… with your criticism of Israel. You-you still criticize people
that you don’t agree with. How do you find that balance
between criticizing people and then also not looking
like you are condemning mass groups of people
as opposed to governments? Yeah. I was gonna say
with-with that tweet, what I finally realized is, um, the realization that I hope
that people, um, come to when we’re having a conversation
about white privilege. -Right.
-You know, people would be like, “I grew up
in a poor neighborhood. -“I can’t be privileged.
-Right. “Can you stop saying that? -I haven’t benefitted
from my whiteness.” -Uh-huh. Um, and it’s like, no, we’re
talking about systematic, right? -Right, right, right.
-Um, and, so, for me, that happened for me. I was like,
“Do not call me that. -That’s not what I was doing.”
-Right. And it was like, oh, I… I see what you’re saying now. And so I… You…
I had to take a deep breath and understand
where people were coming from and what point
they were trying to make. -Interesting. -Um, which is what
I expect people to do when I’m talking to them, right, about things that impact me
or offend me. And what is important
in-in this conversation is that we separate the-the land, the people
and administrations. When I talk about… what we are doing wrong
in this country, it’s not because
I hate this country. It’s not because
I don’t see myself as American. It’s because I love this country
and because I am American and because
I want it to do better. And so when I talk about places
like Saudi Arabia or, you know, um, Israel or even now with Venezuela, I’m not criticizing the people. I’m not criticizing their faith. I’m not criticizing,
um, their way of life. What I am criticizing is
what’s happening at the moment, and I want for there to be
accountability so that the government,
that administration, that regime can do better. Because I believe
that we all deserve better -and the human collective
-Mm-hmm. requires us to speak up
when we see something wrong. (cheering and applause) Thank you so much
for coming back on. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar,
everybody.

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98 thoughts on “Ilhan Omar – Getting Down to Business with the Congressional Freshman Class | The Daily Show

  1. So proud of you Ilhan Omar keep saying the truth it hurts but actually benefits most people I hope your good will to humanity gets attention and a better solution

  2. This girl is evil, she got married to her brother, I can't imagine her brother fucking her, what an abomination

  3. America should be proud of a person like Ilhan Omar representing them. I wish her success in changing America to be what it used to be known for and not what it is lately under that corrupt and shameless buffon Trump.

  4. I have so much respect for i this woman, she has done more in a couple of mounts then the black American politicians today. She makes Afro American politicians look like rookies in their own politics.
    Black American politicians, get your shit togheter fast!!

  5. Send her and her fucked up family back…

    Tax fraud, immigration fraud, and tax evasion…

    Married to her brother…

    This show is shit and propagandas eating children and keeping it in the family.

    Good job Noah who cares what your last name is…

    #(ck) common knowledge

  6. GIRL! I just love you! Old white girl here, to tell you that, I have always admired any and every human being who speaks to truth! We are of the same universal spirit and I will stand by your side – anytime, anywhere! Don't ever lose faith in your mission to make a better world!!!

  7. Trump is boosting the political stock of Omar by his racists tweets against her. "Sic" it to her, Donald! The more you do it, the better it gets for her!

  8. This pos should be hung from the Whitehouse balconey. She has no knowledge in economics and don't realize that giving people free shit would destroy our economy. She is a anti- American terrorist who married her brother to get in our country illeagaly. And now sayingvwhite men across America is the enemy. I say send this bitch back to Somalia or execute for treason.

  9. GO BACK TO SOMALIA YOU ANTI-AMERICAN TRAITOR. She did not get elected legally. Her fellow "mosselims" rigged the ballot box. She speaks for them, NOT the American people.

  10. Let her in,…… but 🤔 keep an open eye on her…. Lol.😂 That's how far she can get. Good Luck on hitting the brick wall with your hands🤗

  11. This bitch is so worthless. Omar is a terrorist. She needs Absoulty hung in the town square until her ugly neck breaks.

  12. Omar is a blatant racist with her comments about America needs to fear white men…a similar comment about black men would not be tolerated. But she's not trustworthy because she will say or do whatever suits her. She married her brother because it suited her to defraud immigration and University tuition, she cheated on her taxes and makes anti Semite comments and pro al-Qaeda ones. She doesn't condem ANTIFA violence against our immigration officers and promoted the chaos of open borders and socialism..
    But now America knows her which is why she only has 9% approval. We don't need another lying, racist politician.

  13. fuck that stupid bitch im not scared of her she will keep making fun of America and all of u laugh with her she will be silenced by her own mouth

  14. The next president will do healthcare for Europeans because black people won't need it because they move to the 5th Dimension extraterrestrial, a TRD taxes on European race 25% reparation the creature and creation will be understood by all Races

  15. Instead of taxing the top one percent how about we send the bottom one percent back to the shitholes that they came from. I like that idea better. This vile woman and her brother husband can go first.

  16. I love this brave beautiful woman with such passion for her country!!! You are a refreshing voice for such a time as this! I know God is present!

  17. This woman is the opposite of Donald Trump in every way. Caring, coherent, polite, logical, beautiful.

  18. So trump can say disgusting things about about inner cities and black representative and its not racist. But ilham says somthing about isreal and its anti Semitic. You say being anti isreal is obviously anti semitic. How could it not be? Well think about it… Because isreal is synonymous with jewish people of course. But think about that…… Its a country containing 10 million people with 4.1 million muslim/christian arabs not including the 1.7 in Gaza and Its government does not have any arab representation. I dont understand, as Americans doesnt the idea of a religious state leave a bad taste in your mouth. Its not that we should forget the past, but Israeli jews dont have to have thier freedom at the expence of the Palestinians.

  19. She acting like she loves American but inside her heart she hate so much. She always blame on Israel, not on palistain.

  20. If she runs out of toilet paper 🧻 she can always use her hijab to wipe her ass. When she is done she can throw that shit down. So let me get this straight, Omar can wear her shit paper and Duckworth’s baby can shit on the senate floor?! Is that about right? Please tell me this is a bad dream!

  21. Omar hates Jews, Israel and America. There is no place for anti-Semitism in the US Congress. She needs to be expelled from Congress and then deported!

  22. she gives me help for not my future as a 30 year old, but the future of my children. i hope our entire governing body thinks like her and the rest of the squad some day

  23. I like how 9/11 happened because of holes in our Homeland security. Then this girl showed up literally from out of nowhere with no experience and the first thing on her agenda is to stop funding and deconstruct out border control. This should raise red flags across the globe. And today she refuses to condemn terrorist activity and has openly stated that all white people are evil and should be profiled. Also most recent news shows that her and her family falsified documentation to be here in America. And there is much, much more. But don't take my word for it, I encourage anyone to look into this.

  24. This chick is an enemy of the state and should be removed from congress. She is a disgrace to all Americans and AOC would be better off if she was offered a porn contract. Trevor is a leftist joke

  25. Supporting a terrorist wow first brother fucker first terrorist in Congress first 9-11 hater first anti American Congress get out of here

  26. First woman of Congress to have been married to a sibiling. First woman to prevously have been married to a sibiling to be ellected into gongress.

  27. Now here's two people who make a shit ton of money but want to talk about how awful America is. If we could all be this righteous. Hey here's a thought Omar don't worry about the morality of America it's probably the most generous nation on earth. Fund the military secure our borders and shut the Fuck up.

  28. islam agenda/ideology is to conquer any non-islamic land and occupy it,
    if by violence, over-populating it or any means necessary,
    our democracy is used as a shield for them to conquer us,
    its up to us to recognize and stop this
    for the sake of our future, children and humanity as a whole

  29. Did "Someone did something" mean anything to you guys??
    Muslims cannot hide their true identity.
    People who voted for her should wash your neck rather than your face in the morning.
    Here is your new morning routine from now on:
    Brush your teeth and wash your neck.

  30. In spite of what Omar thinks, not everybody has the DESIRE to help themselves. You can't make a ghetto thug behave and learn in school. You can't make a homeless person live a way they don't want to. You can't make an addict or alcoholic rehabilitate themselves if they don't want to. We should know by now, throwing money at all our problems has not worked. Omar is narcissistic, self righteous and delusional. There will ALWAYS be poor people, uneducated people and people living on the fringe of society. Added note, you can't make a racists not be a racist if they don't want to, as in the case of Illian Omar. She isn't intelligent enough to correlate her own limitations with the limitations of other people.

  31. She should live in some middle eastern countries
    So the Shakes will treat her according
    As she deserves
    As a princess!!

  32. "In other countries like where we come from there would be a vote of no confidence" 😂 yeah and there would be a lot of other things too in those countries, that doesn't make it automatically a good argument

  33. Ilehan Omer is beautiful Muslim and beautiful female love ❤️ ilehan Omer

    Dawn donal trap animals 🐕🏹

  34. The Republicans cry about Christians being persecuted and their right to religious freedom, but persecute Muslims and restrict their travel simply because of their religion. Muslims from the countries affected by the travel ban didn’t perpetrate 9/11! Ilhan Omar is an American citizen and her religious freedom needs to be protected as much as any Christian’s!

  35. She is not belong here. Fuck her bullshit Islamic cover up. Fuck bullshit backward repressive blood thirsty superstitious nonsense terrorist fascist islam. Kick the asshole out of United States to other bullshit Islamic countries. Shit to her terrorist stupid nonsense backward Islamic dress. She is not not not belong here.

  36. If president STUPID would pay attention to her ideas and her real words the country would be way better but he is a petty jerk who loves himself to much rapes and hurts women and cares less about the world around him HER and AOC are what we need to save this mess of a world right now

  37. This is melchisedec a collector of beautiful things Miss Omar a man I am I tell you the truth pass the thinking pattern of human being does you love abstract art in amongst a hundred people each individual see something different in the painting or in the sculpture so who is correct in its value concerning Trump was not even Judas Iscariot did he not have value and what was his true worth was it a rope around his neck here is wisdom so all things in creation serves a purpose even that thing that claims that it does not have faith or even towards a non-believer hit a little turbulence in a plane in the first thing and atheist says oh my God the hand of my father is not in vain all things are created equal value and serves a purpose Miss Omar serves a purpose

  38. Mohammed was a pedophile who enslaved, raped, and beat a nine year old girl. Ilhan Omar is one of his followers.

  39. I though america already have health care system. And the job is unlimited as many foreigner went there to search for job….

  40. Illhan Omar is very beautiful, physically and her Character aswell… I've never had a crush on a celebrity.. Even though she's alot older than me she is beautiful

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