Defund The Squad: Ilhan Is Getting Out-Hustled By Her Primary Opponent

Written by Wes Walker on July 18, 2020

Has the loudly Anti-American refugee already worn out her welcome in the Democrat party?

Ilhan Omar was celebrated in photo ops with other newly elected Democrats as part of the fresh new face of the party.

She was right in there with Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Occasional Cortex, Rashida Tlaib and what’s her name.

She was very bold in her opinions, most of them being aligned against America itself. She fell lockstep behind Bolshevik Bernie, demonized ICE, praised Antifa, supported Hamas-connected groups, and called for the defunding of the police.

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There have even been (using their language) ‘credible accusations’ of Ilhan Omar working as an ‘asset’ of a foreign power.

She wasn’t quite as American-as-apple-pie in her personal convictions.

So is it really surprising that even Democrats are wondering if she’s really ‘electable’?

Omar – known nationally as one of the four members of the influential group of progressive first-term congresswomen known as “The Squad” – is considered the favorite in the Aug. 11 primary. This week she landed endorsements of some of the biggest names in politics – such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont – who backed her on Wednesday.

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…But in the crucial battle for campaign cash, she’s been walloped by her main primary challenger, Antone Melton-Meaux.

The lawyer and mediator hauled in an eye-popping $3.2 million in the April-June quarter of fundraising, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. That far surpassed Omar, who raised nearly half-a-million dollars during the same period of time. Melton-Meaux reported having $2 million in his campaign coffers as of the end of June, nearly double of Omar’s $1.1 million cash on hand.

…Melton-Meaux’s haul is a dramatic surge from the first quarter of the year, when he raised roughly $210,000. Much of the money came from outside of the District — and some of it came from conservative donors and pro-Israel groups.

The candidate – who says he supported Omar’s 2018 campaign – pointed to the controversies surrounding the congresswoman as the reason why he decided to run for office.

Meltons-Meaux argued in an interview with The Hill that Omar had “lost the trust of the Jewish community by her insensitive and harmful tropes.”

Will that fundraising be enough to knock out Ilhan? Will her name recognition prevail?

Will her divisive politics prevail over her challenger’s more conciliatory one?

This will be an interesting bellwether on which way the party is going to pivot.