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Published On: Fri, Feb 8th, 2019

Minnesota Rep Ilhan Omar won’t apologize for racist remarks, says gender differences is a ‘myth’

It’s been a busy week Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) who was asked to apologized for her false comments attacking the Covington Catholic students at the March For Life and made headlines for asking Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to investigate USA Powerlifting over a decision to bar transgender women from competition because gender differences is a “myth.”

Ilhan Omar

“Do you have any message for the Covington students after your tweet criticizing them for racism?” reporter Jason Calvi asked Omar. “Any message for them tonight?”

“The message I have for them is that in life there are often consequences on the way that you behave,” Omar said. “Um, I, I feel sorry the way that some of them have gotten blame and hurt, um, but I also recognize that, uh, in, in the way that the video appeared that there was a native elder who was, um, intervening and, uh, and really showing care for what it looked like to mediate a difficult situation and I wanted to hold him, um, in, in space in my heart, and, and to have a conversation about what hate, division in this country looks like that is often perpetuated by uh, the, uh, inhabitor of the White House.”

“You did accuse them of racism,” Calvi said. “Do you owe them an apology for that?”

Omar immediately walked away and refused to answer the question.

In a letter just made public, Omar asked Ellison to investigate the possible discrimination after the USA Powerlifting’s decision to deny the application of JayCee Cooper, a trans woman, to compete in a Minnesota event.

“I urge you to reconsider this discriminatory, unscientific policy and follow the example of the International Olympic Committee,” Omar wrote. “The myth that trans women have a ‘direct competitive advantage’ is not supported by medical science, and it continues to stoke fear and violence against one of the most at-risk communities in the world.”

As of 2015, IOC guidelines require biologically born men who identify as transgender to block certain amounts of natural testosterone, but no longer require gender reassignment surgery in order to compete with one gender or the other.

Cooper took to Instagram to post a photo of Omar’s letter and thank the freshman lawmaker for her support.

“No one deserves to be excluded because of who they are,” Cooper said. “Their policy, and how I’m being treated. IS NOT OKAY. The time for trans inclusion is NOW.”

Jaycee Cooper instagram photo

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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