Based on recent remarks, it seemed as though Rep. Ilhan Omar’s loyalty was solely to Somalia. However, it appears she extends her influence to other nations, including El Salvador. Omar encouraged her congressional peers to press Secretary of State Antony Blinken for intervention in El Salvador’s elections.
“I led Members of Congress in sending a letter to @SecBlinken urging action on threats to democracy in El Salvador. The State Dept must review its relationship with El Salvador and defend democratic values. The Salvadoran people deserve free and fair elections without fear of repression.” – Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) January 31, 2024.
Readers provided additional context that they believed was important for others to know. The democratically elected President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, secured a 54% majority in the 2019 election. Under his leadership, the country has witnessed a remarkable 93% reduction in the murder rate, earning him a remarkable 91% approval rating among Salvadorian citizens.
In response to Omar’s comments, President Bukele personally addressed her, expressing gratitude for the “honored attacks” just days before their election. He added a touch of humor, stating that he would be concerned if they had her support.
The online community praised President Bukele’s response, commending it as an “epic troll” and a “perfect response.” Many expressed disdain for Ilhan Omar, emphasizing that her interference in other nations’ affairs, especially when El Salvador has made significant progress under Bukele’s leadership, is hypocritical. Suggestions were made for her to focus on domestic issues instead.
Several individuals on social media supported President Bukele, referring to Ilhan Omar as a “cancer to our Republic” and questioning her lecturing on “free and fair elections.” Some expressed concern about her role as an elected official in the United States. Overall, the sentiment was one of disapproval for Ilhan Omar’s actions and appreciation for President Bukele’s leadership.