Damned if they do, damned if they don't.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) attacked Minneapolis police officers over the weekend, blaming law enforcement for the sustained spike in violent crime in Minneapolis by claiming they have failed to fulfill their job duties.
What are the details?
Omar's head-scratching claim was made during a town hall event on Saturday.
"What we must also recognize is that the reduction in policing currently in our city and the lawlessness that is happening is due to two things," Omar claimed.
The far-left Democrat said the aforementioned lawlessness should be blamed on police officers not doing their jobs and a lack of accountability over law enforcement.
"One, the police have chosen to not fulfill their oath of office and to provide the public safety they are owed to the citizens they serve. Right? It's documented," Omar claimed. "But even before that it was documented: The Minneapolis Police Department is the most dysfunctional police department in our state and probably in the country."
"The second part is that there has to be accountability, and someone that is actually taking responsibility for what the police does [sic] and doesn't [sic] do. And that doesn't exist in this moment," she continued. "And I do believe that the current charter that we have does tie the hands of those who want to have that accountability because we are mandated to have a specific amount of policing. We are mandated to have the kind of this union contract that you have right now."
Isn't she holding a double standard?
If it sounds like Omar is talking out of both sides of her mouth, that is because she is.
Omar was a leading voice during the "defund the police" movement last year, which happened in the wake of George Floyd's death. In fact, Omar even advocated for abolishing the Minneapolis Police Department altogether.
"The Minneapolis Police Department has proven themselves beyond reform. It's time to disband them and reimagine public safety in Minneapolis," Omar said last year.
Now, as Minneapolis police face staffing and morale issues directly related to the anti-police movement, Omar is demonizing those same police officers for not doing enough to fight crime. Omar, in essence, wants it both ways: She wants no police, but when violent crime runs rampant, she wants police to be responsible for it.
Unfortunately for Minneapolis, while Omar continues to play politics, city residents are facing one of the most violent years in recent history.