Representative Ilhan Omar, known for demagoguery about the Middle East, recently displayed her appalling ignorance about the United States.
Just last week, 405 members of Congress united to condemn the mass slaughter of Armenian Christians by Turkish Muslims in 1915. As one of only 14 House members refusing to support this resolution, Omar declared: “A true acknowledgment of historical crimes against humanity must include … Native American genocide, which took the lives of hundreds of millions of indigenous people in this country.”
In fact, peak indigenous population before the arrival of Europeans amounted to 3 to 5 million, and no credentialed historian has ever claimed than more than 18 million lived on this continent. Omar’s claim of “hundreds of millions” of victims laughably misses the mark and historians agree that the vast majority of native losses came through disease, not massacres.
Ilhan Omar’s instinct to insult and assault the USA flippantly disregards historical facts.