Ilhan Omar at Bernie Sanders Rally: “I Am Beyond Honored and Excited for a President Who Will Fight Against Western Imperialism”
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) decried U.S. “genocide” and “western imperialism” in a speech at a Bernie Sanders rally in Minneapolis Sunday night at the University of Minnesota’s Williams Arena. In her speech, Omar, who endorsed Sanders two weeks ago, accused the United States of “genocide” against Native Americans and said of Sanders, “I am beyond honored and excited for a President who will fight against western imperialism and fight for a just world. I am excited, I am excited for President Bernie Sanders!”
Sanders and Omar embraced on stage and then held hands aloft in solidarity before the cheering crowd.
Short excerpt from Omar’s speech:
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) says at Bernie Sanders' campaign rally that she wants a president that fights against "western imperialism"
In other words, she wants nations like China to go unchecked in their growing aggression and expansion which is a massive threat to the U.S. pic.twitter.com/IPuSt9WASA
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 4, 2019
"I am beyond honored and excited for a President who will fight against western imperialism and fight for a just world. I am excited for President @BernieSanders" @IlhanMN as she welcomes @BernieSanders to the stage #BerniesBackInMN pic.twitter.com/Rg9EPCnNL8
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) November 4, 2019
The Sanders-Omar rally was moved to UM’s larger (14,625 seats) Williams Arena from the 2,700 seat Northrop Auditorium to meet demand. Sanders does not appear to have come any where close to a capacity crowd as the photo below shows the upper bowl completely empty.
Prince’s band, New Power Generation, warms up a crowd of several thousand before the Bernie Sanders-Ilhan Omar rally at Williams Arena. pic.twitter.com/MEZCSJ2yH5
— Theo Keith (@TheoKeith) November 4, 2019
UPDATE: The Sanders campaign issued an attendance figure of just over 10,000.
— Dave Peterlinz (@DPet_KARE11News) November 4, 2019