If Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) were one day to become the Speaker of the House of Representatives, it would mean that we will have “lost the country,” said conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh — though he later clarified that he was “exaggerating somewhat,” The Washington Times reported.
Limbaugh is a top conservative radio host who was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump at the State of the Union address in February. Just before that event, Limbaugh revealed that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, something that he has been fighting over the past several months while still keeping “The Rush Limbaugh Show” on the air.
On a recent airing of Limbaugh’s nationally syndicated radio program, a caller asked Limbaugh to entertain the possibility of Omar becoming the House Speaker.
“What happens if she would become speaker of the House?” the caller asked. “She’s not eligible to run for president.”
“My guess is that Black Lives Matter would come along and shoot anybody who said she can’t do it,” Limbaugh responded. “Because if she’s speaker of the House, do you realize we’ve lost the country? If she’s speaker of the House, she’s just a hop, skip, and jump away from being president if she wants to be.”
As the caller pointed out, under the Constitution, Omar would not ever be able to be president. This is because she was not born in the United States, having instead entered the country as a Somali refugee when she was a child.
But, she is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and it is possible that she could become its speaker. To become House Speaker, one only needs to receive the votes of the majority of one’s peers in the House, which usually just means that someone has to be a member of the majority party in the House, since voting typically just goes along party lines.
Thus, it is not out of the realm of possibility that the controversial congresswoman could become House Speaker, a position which ordinarily is second in the presidential line of succession, behind the vice president. But, since Omar cannot be president, if she were House Speaker and something were to happen to both the president and vice president, she would get skipped over and the pro tempore of the Senate would assume the presidency.
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But, this is all sort of besides the point. The real point here is that a radical leftist politician being elected to such a high position in our government would be symptomatic of a truly massive shift in our country. From what we have seen in the past couple of years, Omar shouldn’t even be able to earn another term in Congress.
After all, Omar’s politics are about as far left as they can be. As a member of the so-called progressive “squad” in Congress, she has demonstrated anti-American views again and again, and recently she has even openly called for everything to be torn down.
“We are not merely fighting to tear down the systems of oppression in the criminal justice system,” Omar said on July 7. “We are fighting to tear down systems of oppression that exist in housing, in education, in health care, in employment, in the air we breathe. As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequality. We cannot stop at the criminal justice system, we must begin the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.”
For now, Omar can’t make these kinds of statements without getting some pushback in Congress. Nine House Republicans brought forward a resolution on Thursday condemning Omar for “advocating Marxist policies” in her July 7 statement.