Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) accused President Donald Trump of acting like a dictator and claimed his impeachment is “inevitable.”
Omar took to Twitter to share a recent interview she had done with Rolling Stone in which she claimed that Trump had the “markings of a dictator.”
I believe that impeachment is inevitable. It also is a terrifying notion. Nations struggle any time they overthrow a dictator, and Trump really has the markings of a dictator. https://t.co/cduTmOxous
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) February 27, 2019
Omar told Rolling Stone that she believes Trump will be impeached but that she fears a presidency under Vice President Mike Pence more than Trump:
“I believe that impeachment is inevitable. It also is a terrifying notion. Pence is an ideologue, and the ideology he holds is more terrifying to me and my constituents. And we have not had a full impeachment that removes the president from office. Nations struggle any time [they] overthrow a dictator, and Trump really has the markings of a dictator.”
Omar’s comparison of Trump to a dictator caught the attention of some on Twitter. Many countered her claim, pointing to areas in which the president has expanded individual freedom.
Everyone knows how much dictators like to cut regulations, lower taxes & support gun ownership https://t.co/I02A4K8IoP
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) February 27, 2019
Others noted that Omar came out against the Trump administration’s support of interim President Juan Guaido in Venezuela. Many believe that Guaido’s presidency is the first step in freeing the Venezuelan people from the rule of Nicolas Maduro.
Guaido assumed the position of interim president after the democratically elected National Assembly ruled Maduro’s rigged election invalid.
When the Trump administration made the announcement, Omar sided with Maduro, calling the administration’s decision to support Guaido a “U.S.-backed coup.”
A US backed coup in Venezuela is not a solution to the dire issues they face. Trump's efforts to install a far right opposition will only incite violence and further destabilize the region. We must support Mexico, Uruguay & the Vatican's efforts to facilitate a peaceful dialogue.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 25, 2019
Many found it hypocritical that Omar believes Trump has the “markings of a dictator” and should be impeached when she does not support the movement against Maduro.
Trump does but…Maduro…doesn't? https://t.co/a04saWzL2d
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) February 27, 2019
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) February 27, 2019
This is not the first time that Omar has called for Trump to be removed from the Oval Office. Omar joined her colleague, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), in vowing to move forward with impeaching the president, as IJR previously reported.