Ilhan Omar was granted a rare honor, one usually reserved for the face of the Democratic Party – she gave the keynote speech at a big Dem event in Iowa.
She went straight at Joe Biden and dismissed his campaign with a cruel sendoff saying he is not the one to lead the Dem party into the future she wants for it.
Omar also, as is her custom, demanded a more progressive president and wrote off Joe Biden as unexciting with no plan.
From The Guardian:
The Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, one of four new members of the House of Representatives racially abused by Donald Trump, gave the keynote speech.
She demanded “a president who realises we are not just fighting for one election, we are fighting for the very soul of our democracy and what society we want to become”.
Asked by the Guardian if Biden could be that candidate, Omar was less than optimistic.
“There are few people who fit into the kind of progress that we all want to see in this country,” Omar said. “And I would say he is not one of them.
“I think it has been very clear to many of the people who have been creating the kind of movement that is exciting generations, that we want somebody who really has a plan that is going to tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have, and he doesn’t.”
Asked about Biden’s absence, former housing secretary and presidential hopeful Julián Castro told the Guardian: “I’ll just say that if we’re going to win this election in 2020, it’s going to be because we excite people, and we can’t excite them if we don’t show up for them.”
Like the other candidates who attended, Castro was pushed by questioners from Iowa and other midwestern states on subjects including Medicare for All, immigration reform and the creation of a “Homes Guarantee” – an initiative that would create 12m new housing units supported by federal rent control to combat a growing housing crisis.