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Rep. Ilhan Omar takes aim at Obama in latest criticisms: 'We can't only be upset with Trump'


She later tried to walk back her comments

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), fresh off a scandal surrounding allegedly anti-Semitic comments she made while discussing Israel, has turned her attention to criticizing former President Barack Obama, according to The New York Post.

Obama remains extremely popular among Democratic voters even as the party has moved to the left in the past few years. Omar, however, believes it is wrong to only criticize President Donald Trump and not highlight what Obama did wrong.

"We can't be only upset with Trump," Omar told Politico Magazine.

What's her issue with Obama?

Omar criticized Obama for his policies related to drone strikes and immigration, and called on others to not excuse bad policies because of likability. To Omar, Obama was a lot like Trump, just in a more "polished" package.

"[President Trump's] policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies," Omar said in the interview. "They just were more polished than he was. And that's not what we should be looking for anymore. We don't want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile."

Omar dismissed Obama's messages of hope and change as a "mirage," and pointed to the "caging of kids" at the border and "droning of countries around the world."

In a later tweet, Omar claimed that her remarks had been misrepresented.

"Exhibit A of how reporters distort words. I'm an Obama fan! I was saying how [President] Trump is different from Obama, and why we should focus on policy not politics," she tweeted.

What will Democrats think of this?

CNN analyst Harry Enten pointed out that even though some high-profile members of the Democratic Party are pushing things left, the most recent Democratic president remains exceedingly popular.

"Barack Obama is the most popular Democrat out there. Omar is completely unrepresentative of the Dem Party on this score. #twitterisntreallifereadapoll," Enten tweeted.

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