WASHINGTON — Firebrand Rep. Ilhan Omar (D. MN) appears to be rubbing some of her fellow Democrats the wrong way — one of them now declaring she shouldn’t even be in the party.
In a video obtained by The Post, fellow Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson torched the scandal-scarred progressive lawmaker after previously defending her controversial “some people did something” remarks about 9/11.
“Do you have any comment as to why you defended Ilhan Omar?” an employee with the National Republican Congressional Committee asked Peterson on Capitol Hill Thursday.
“I don’t defend her. She doesn’t belong in our party,” the 16-term lawmaker responded.
When asked to clarify himself, a COVID-19 masked Peterson repeated: “She doesn’t belong in our party,” as he walked away.
Omar won a competitive primary fight in her downtown Minneapolis district by a landslide last month but Peterson is facing a tough re-election battle in his increasingly red rural Minnesota district.
The Gopher State representatives are both members of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party and have voted together on issues like police reform in the past.
It’s unclear why Omar and Peterson have fallen out.
In a TV interview last April, Peterson tried to defend the Somali-born lawmaker’s comments on the Sept. 11 terror attacks, saying: “I think she was trying to say that some people in her community feel like they’re being targeted.”
The thrice-married mom-of-three came under fire after she minimized the attacks which killed 3,000 people as “some people did something” — drawing a sharp rebuke from the son of one 9/11 victim.
Peterson’s criticism of Omar follows that from establishment Democrats who in conversations with The Post have privately dismissed the House’s famous “Squad” of female lawmakers as “activists” rather than legislators who can work across the aisle.
Representatives for both lawmakers didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.
Omar herself has had a tumultuous two-year run in Congress dominated by headlines about her soap opera personal life.
The 37-year-old earlier this year married her political consultant who she was accused of having an affair with.
Earlier this year, The Post revealed Omar has funneled nearly $1 million of campaign cash to her husband Tim Mynett’s firm for his services.
She has also been dogged by claims she previously married her brother so he could obtain a Green Card — a charge she has vehemently denied but the FBI is reportedly now reviewing.
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