Rep. Ilhan Omar addresses controversial tweet on 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah'

The Minnesota congresswoman has come in for some criticism for previous social media posts.
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Minnesota's Rep. Ilhan Omar resumed her acquaintance with "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah on Thursday, as she appeared on the show for the second time in her fledgling political career.

The last time she made an appearance, she had been elected as the country's first Somali-American state lawmaker eight months early. Last night, she joined him as the country's first Somali-American Member of Congress.

One of the subjects discussed between Rep. Omar and Noah was her past use of Twitter, namely a tweet she posted in 2012, before she ran for office.

Omar apologized for the tweet last month, according to The Hill, after initially saying she didn't know how her tweet would be offensive to Jewish-Americans, saying she was commenting specifically on the Gaza war and the conduct of the Israeli regime.

She said last month that she received complaints from Jewish organizations about her use of the word "hypnotize" and was told that "the ugly sentiment it holds was offensive."

"It’s now apparent to me that I spent lots of energy putting my 2012 tweet in context and little energy is disavowing the anti-semitic trope I unknowingly used, which is unfortunate and offensive," she tweeted.

Speaking to Noah, she compared the claims of anti-Semitism leveled against her with those of people who are unfairly accused of white privilege.

"With that tweet, what I finally realized is the realization that I hope that people come to when we're having a conversation about white privilege," she said. 'People would be, like, 'I grew up in a poor neighborhood, I can't be privileged. Can you stop saying that? I haven't benefited from my whiteness!'

"So that happened for me, I was like 'Do not call me that [anti-Semitic], that's not what I was doing,' and it was like, oh, I see what you're saying now. So I had to take a deep breath, and understand where people were coming from and what point they were trying to make, which is what I would expect people to do when I talk to them about what impacts me and what offends me.

"What is important in this conversation is that we separate 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.

"When I talk about places like Saudi Arabia or Israel or now even with Venezuela, I'm not criticizing the people, I'm not criticizing their faith, I'm not criticizing their way of life, what I am criticizing is what is happening at the moment, and I want their 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 requires us to speak up when we see something wrong."

Rep. Omar has more recently faced criticism over a tweet she made about Sen. Lindsey Graham, in which she described him as being "compromised" without providing evidence of such circumstances, later clarifying that she was expressing her opinion.

She also faced backlash from right-wing media outlets for deleting a tweet that was partially inaccurate regarding the Covington students and the protest in Washington D.C.

In other parts of her conversation with Noah, Rep. Omar described President Trump as "delusional" when the host said he seems to operate under a "different set of rules" to everybody else.

Omar backs tax hike on the super-rich

She also said that she backs increasing taxes on the nation's wealthiest people, with one of her new colleagues, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, pushing a 70 percent marginal tax rate on earnings over $10 million.

"American has money, we don't have a problem of scarcity really, what we have is a problem with moral courage. Our budgets are supposed to be an example of our moral values. What we need to do is to make sure we are prioritizing policies that create positive impacts on day-to-day lives.

'We have been prioritizing enriching the wealthy, we have given in to the powers of special interests so we need to make sure we're holding special interests accountable, that we're getting money out of politics, that we are taxing the uber rich so that the 1% gets to pay their fair share, which is why we're proposing a marginal tax rate.

"We want the American people to recognize that this government works for them and works in their interest."

You can find Rep. Omar's full segment on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" here.

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