Ron DeSantis calls for Ilhan Omar to be denaturalized and deported from US

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — a Republican who abandoned his White House bid earlier this month and endorsed former President Donald Trump — has called for Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota to be expelled from Congress, denaturalized, and deported.

“Expel from Congress, denaturalize and deport!” DeSantis exclaimed in a post on X.

He made the comment when sharing a video of Omar delivering remarks in a foreign language.

Omar, who was born in Somalia, has been serving in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2019.

The video DeSantis was commenting on included English subtitles claiming that Omar had made comments such as “we, as Somalians we love each other” and “we are an organized society brothers and sisters. People of the same blood people who know they are Somalians first, Muslims second, who protect one another come to each other’s aid and to the aid of other Muslims too.” Later, the subtitles indicated that she said, “Sleep in comfort, knowing I am here to protect the interests of Somalia from inside the U.S. system.”

But Omar retweeted Abdirashid Hashi, an individual who posted what he described as “an accurate and verbatim translation” of Omar’s comments. “We Somalis are people who love each other,” Omar said, according to the translation. “We are sisters and brothers, supporting each other, people who know they are Somalis and Muslims, coming to each other’s aid and aiding their brothers and sisters.”

“While I am in Congress, no one will take Somalia’s sea. The United States will not back others to rob us. So, do not lose sleep over that, O Minnesotans. The lady you sent to Congress is on this, and she is as cognizant of this interest as you are,” Omar said, according the translation Hashi posted.

Omar took a jab at DeSantis when reposting an Axios tweet that reads, “Ron DeSantis eyes a 2028 presidential campaign as he moves on from 2024’s failure.”

“Moving from 2024 failure and preparing for 2028 failure,” Omar wrote, adding a thumbs up emoji.

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