A controversial Democrat, who openly holds extremist political views, applauded the nation’s oldest major professional sporting league for pressuring Georgia to reverse strict voting requirements.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) rallied behind Major League Baseball’s decision to disapprove of Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to sign Senate Bill 202 into law.
“Our hope is that this boycott will result in changes in the law because we understand that when you restrict people’s ability to vote, you create a democracy that is not fully functioning for all of us,” she said in a video shared on YouTube.
Omar compared the bill to racial segregation laws, even though the legislation requires voters to produce identification for absentee ballots, drop boxes to be limited, and early voting hours amended across the Peach State.
“If we are to continue to be a beacon of hope for all democracies around the world, we must stand our ground,” she said. “We know that boycotts have allowed for justice to be delivered in many spaces. The civil rights movement was rooted in boycotts [and] we know that apartheid ended in South Africa because of boycotts.”
The Democrat also encouraged every other state and territory to revisit their voting legislation to let anybody cast a ballot, even if they are not who they claim to be or not legally permitted to vote.
“It is really important that every single state reexamine[s] their voting laws and make sure that voting is accessible to everyone,” she said. “They certainly should be [reviewing election rules.]”
She vowed to continue lobbying for U.S. House Resolution 1 (H.R.1), which proposes sweeping changes to political donations.
The bill would effectively end the “dominance of big money” in federal politics by establishing a voluntary small-donor matching system. “Wealthy tax cheats and corporate lawbreakers” would have to pay for the new system.
“It is also going to be really important for us to push H.R.1, which makes it accessible nationwide and strengthens our democracy,” she said.
Omar is no stranger to controversy. She previously urged the nation to rise up against businesses and their elected representatives to free themselves from what she called slavery.
“As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequality,” she said in a video live-streamed on Facebook. “We cannot stop at the criminal justice system. We must begin the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.”
She also raised eyebrows when she encouraged Americans to rebel against other parts of society that enslave people, even the natural environment.
“We are not merely fighting to tear down the systems of oppression in the criminal justice system,” she said. “We are fighting to tear down the systems of oppression that exist in housing, education, health care, employment, and in the air we breathe.”