Ilhan Omar talks Trump impeachment, threats against Congress

The Minnesota congresswoman discusses the role fear may have played in some Republicans voting not to impeach the president.
4:13 | 01/15/21

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Well, after becoming the first president to be impeached twice, and with just five days left in office, there are questions that remain about when president trump's trial will begin in the senate. I want to bring in one of the original's of the impeachment, Minnesota congresswoman ilhan OMAR. And you made the argument he needs to be removed immediately, he is a danger. There is no indication that he will resign, no indication that the 25th will be invoked and no indication that the senate will move forward with a speedy trial. Are you resigned to the fact that he will serve out his term? No, I do believe that Mitch can and should immediately reconvene the senate for trump's impeachment trial. You know, I am very confident if he doesn't do so chuck sheemer will -- Congresswoman, you were there at the capitol when it was attacked. You were taken away with top congressional leaders for your safety. You have obviously been the subject of a lot of criticism from the president and certainly faced security threats of your own. How much do you believe fear may have played into some Republicans' decisions not to impeach president trump? -- And it's really heartbreaking because I do believe it take courage to serve. Courage for me is being scared and terrified but remaining resolute for my colleagues to decide not to fulfill their oath of office because they were afraid really is disturbing, and I do believe that if you are too afraid to do work at the on behalf of our constituents and the country, you should think about resigning. Congressman, we still continue to watch these images -- wed some up while you were talk -- and just the shock -- it's still shocking to see the images from the capitol last week. You said something in 2019 and it was taken out of context and a lot of people jumped on it, you said the country should be more fearful of white men. You were answering a question about islamophobia and made the point that there has been an uptick in white supremacist groups in the country and that was the point that you were making. But to that point, the country should be more fearful of white men, the scene that we have seen on capitol hill and now the threats to the inauguration, is the type of thing you were referring to? Yeah, we have been so focussed and so conditioned to be fearful of the external threats that we have that we forgot to look at the internal threats -- the rise of white supremacy has proven to be very deadly for our country and for its people. And for far too long, people have not taken it serious. I've heard some of my colleagues talking about new laws, but we have many laws in the books that can be utilized to crack down and bring these people to justice. But, you know, as you have seen, the response to the insurrection at our nation's capitol has been very different than the response that we had when, you know, the uprising was happening in the summer for the lives of black people. And again, thinking to thatten conditioning of, who do we think we should be fearful of, and we have a lot of work to do as we move ahead. Congresswoman ilhan OMAR, we know you are very busy and we certainly appreciate your time being on the program. Thank you. Thank you so much for having

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