Democratic party elites silence Ilhan Omar at their peril | Trita Parsi and Stephen Wertheim

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The congresswoman’s foreign policy views are far more in line with voters than the disconnected party establishment

This week Democrats plunged into two controversies that portend danger for the party as the 2020 election season begins. Both centered on freshman representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who, not coincidentally, came to America as a Somali refugee and is now one of the two first Muslim women in Congress. Absent an open debate about the party’s values on foreign policy, Democrats are hurtling toward an election more divisive than the one in 2016.

Related: Ilhan Omar is right about the influence of the Israel lobby | Alex Kotch

Trita Parsi is the author of Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy. Stephen Wertheim is a visiting assistant professor of history at Columbia University

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