Ron DeSantis wants to deport Ilhan Omar
Ilhan Omar. Image via AP.

Ilhan Omar
Outrage continues over the 'Squad' member's recent pro-Somali comments.

Joining a chorus of Republican outrage, Florida’s Governor is pushing to remove a Minnesota Democrat from the U.S. House, where he served for six years.

“Expel from Congress, denaturalize and deport,” urged Ron DeSantis about U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is taking criticism from the Right for comments she made privileging Somalia over the United States.

As Newsweek notes, Omar recently told a crowd of Somali American constituents that she was “Somalian first, Muslim second” and “here to protect the interests of Somalia from inside the U.S. system.”

She also claimed that while she is in Congress, “no one will take Somalia’s sea. The United States will not back others to rob us.” There, she was objecting to a deal struck by Somaliland to give Ethiopia access to the ocean.

For his part, DeSantis has used Omar as a rhetorical target in the past. He invoked her name a couple of years back when dealing with his own controversy.

In 2022, when a group of neo-Nazis lined a bridge in eastern Orange County, hanging the swastika flag and banners — including a banner with the pro-Donald Trump slogan “Let’s Go Brandon” — and yelling profanities and antisemitic slurs at passing cars, DeSantis was more concerned with Democrats talking about the issue in remarks after the fact.

“These people, these Democrats who are trying to use this as some type of political issue to try to smear me as if I had something to do with it, we’re not playing their game,” DeSantis said.

He added that he was “not going to have people try to smear me who belong to a political party that has elevated antisemites to the halls of Congress,” singling out Omar as an illustrative example of his claim.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


69 comments

  • My Take

    January 30, 2024 at 12:16 pm

    DeSScumtis hates American freedoms … for those he disagrees with.

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      January 30, 2024 at 7:11 pm

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      • rick whitaker

        February 1, 2024 at 3:56 pm

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    • Sarah

      January 31, 2024 at 7:00 am

      So, you think it’s okay for this Anti-American to be Somalian first, Muslim next and just here to protect her interests and not the USA? Get a grip! You are part of the problem

      • Vicki Green

        January 31, 2024 at 11:20 am

        She needs to go along with that treasonous president.

        • MH/Duuuval

          January 31, 2024 at 9:10 pm

          The treasonous president was the author of J6 who duped dozens of your fellow citizens to go to DC and try to halt and reverse the decision of US voters. Try to get that straight.

      • Ruth Ann Soles

        January 31, 2024 at 2:22 pm

        WELL SAID!! 100% AGREE!

    • Robert Tetrault

      January 31, 2024 at 9:27 am

      You are a pea brain !

    • paul a Battista

      January 31, 2024 at 12:48 pm

      You are a communist,if you love in FL.pleasr leave

    • Sandy warner

      January 31, 2024 at 3:59 pm

      Now, that’s funny standing up for a Racist Bigot like her. I’m sure you aren’t keeping up with the news, but maybe you hate America and her people too, and you are a Racist and a bigot also so that makes sense.

    • Conservative first

      January 31, 2024 at 5:16 pm

      Are you for Somalia first, Muslim second and the use of American government to further IIhan’s causes?

  • John L

    January 30, 2024 at 12:27 pm

    So Duh Santis ignores Florida for a year after making crazy right wing laws and then comes home with tail between his legs and does nothing about: insurance crisis, skyrocketing rent and house prices and worst inflation in country but worries about Term limits for DC and Omar. Ahg

    • BigRoy7

      January 31, 2024 at 12:02 am

      This is a simple and strong thank you for your comments!!!

  • Tom

    January 30, 2024 at 12:39 pm

    She is Minnesota’s problem. Rhonda is ours. Culture wars – so much easier than actual work.

  • Phil Morton

    January 30, 2024 at 1:07 pm

    Deporting American citizens is apropos for Ron DeSantis and his Florida minions.

  • Michael K

    January 30, 2024 at 1:30 pm

    So Rhonda wants to start deporting American citizens? No wonder America hates him – he’s a moron.

    • Rose

      January 31, 2024 at 6:41 am

      America and specifically Florida does not hate him . You do and the guy who wrote this garbage. Small businesses in Florida remember Covid and how he handled it. God bless him

      • MH/Duuuval

        January 31, 2024 at 9:02 pm

        Florida has had more COVID deaths than the country of Japan which is 5 times larger and actually has an older population. But, you go ahead and ignore modern science.

      • rick whitaker

        February 1, 2024 at 3:53 pm

        rose, every single person i know hates desantis. i know a lot of people, are you calling all of us liars. you need to get out more and quit hanging out at kkk meetings.

  • floridan is over desantis

    January 30, 2024 at 1:33 pm

    Lets call it for what it is. Ron Dessantis is a bigot,. racist and homophbic… he keeps showing his true colors. Its time for Ron DeSantis to resign.

  • Linwood Wright

    January 30, 2024 at 1:52 pm

    DeSantis is an Anti-American clown.

  • Vote from the Rooftops

    January 30, 2024 at 2:46 pm

    Threatening to strip an American citizen of their rights, then deporting them for their beliefs and opinion is straight up tyranny.

    No wonder this little Fascists campaign for POTUS was a disaster. Everybody can see that he’s a complete disaster and a piece of human filth.

    • USAFVet

      January 31, 2024 at 11:51 am

      in her words, she is somali first, muslim second. she is not an american. if your beliefs are as fncked as hers, you can kindly FO as well

      • MH/Duuuval

        January 31, 2024 at 8:40 pm

        How about if we let her constituents make the call? Dee envisions himself and other deciders determining who will hold office, stripping the voters of the right to choose.

      • rick whitaker

        February 1, 2024 at 4:02 pm

        usafvet, you are a huge hater. my country that i fought for during the vietnam war has a constitution that allows freedom of speech and religion. what country are you from? magaworld is not a real country

      • Michael K

        February 1, 2024 at 6:45 pm

        You do know that the translation quoted in right-wing media is false and incorrect, don’t you? But of course “alternative facts” (also known as lies) are what drives the MAGAverse.

  • Terry loggins

    January 30, 2024 at 3:48 pm

    She is anti American, anti Jew & should gp

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 31, 2024 at 8:59 pm

      Anti-Israel, not anti-Jew. There’s a difference.

  • JEAN SOLOMON

    January 30, 2024 at 4:17 pm

    i so disagree with this woman…she is an immigrant, it she doesn’t like wht is being done, she can always go back to where she came from..she made the choice to come here, now she wants to make it like SOMALIA??

    • Michael K

      January 30, 2024 at 7:39 pm

      Fun fact: she is an American citizen. You do know that the vast majority of humans living in this nation can trace their roots from somewhere else. Perhaps you are the one who should “go back” to wherever it is you came from, as you don’t seem to understand how American citizenship works.

      • John

        January 31, 2024 at 8:26 am

        How about we naturalize 435+ foreign born immigrants vote them to congress and let them take care of their home country 1st then maybe America when they feel like it. An oath to the USA was taken on sign in. Problem today= nobody follows the law anymore, creating this “free for all” of public order. NONE!!!

        • MH/Duuuval

          January 31, 2024 at 8:58 pm

          True, but no one here has 91 pending criminal charges.

      • James H Humphrey

        January 31, 2024 at 8:59 am

        If & when U come to the U.S.A. and become a citizen, at that point your are loyal to the U.S. and that comes FIRST. iF your goal in coming to the U.S. is to target the U.S. and make it like the country you came from, then you should lose your citizenship and be returned to your former country, you have become a traitor within. We neither need you or want you. You do not become a citizen to slander the U.S. Go Home.

        • MH/Duuuval

          January 31, 2024 at 8:57 pm

          She is home: Minnesota. And, neither you nor Dee have any moral high ground to stand on, much less leverage to make her move.

      • Nancy Holmes

        January 31, 2024 at 12:38 pm

        touché”

  • Sandra

    January 30, 2024 at 9:12 pm

    She is horrible. She married her own brother.

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 30, 2024 at 10:15 pm

      This tripe has been trumpeted by DJT himself, Lauren Boebert, and George Santos. Three mendacious gossips.

      • Slappy Rimshuck

        January 31, 2024 at 11:24 am

        Doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Have you looked in to the evidence at all?

        • MH/Duuuval

          January 31, 2024 at 8:44 pm

          Bring it! I did my research online and am satisfied that this is the same sort of disinformation that DJT ran with for years — making out Obama to be a foreigner. (Then, the time came when DJT looked down at his shoes and admitted Obama was a citizen and had served as the legitimate President for two terms. But, the dupes out there had fed the lie for years, encouraging DJT to continue.)

    • TD

      January 31, 2024 at 5:43 pm

      Indeed, this is the original basis for denaturalizing and deporting her — she lied on the immigration application when she actually married a relative. Now she has just added additional reasons (advocating for terrorists).

      • MH/Duuuval

        January 31, 2024 at 8:46 pm

        You are both unable and unwilling to provide the source for this Neo-Birtherism.

    • rick whitaker

      February 1, 2024 at 4:08 pm

      sandra, do you believe everything you hear? yeah, i bet you do. i bet you are a white christian nationalist, am i right?

  • Mee Mee

    January 30, 2024 at 10:11 pm

    DeSantis is a disgrace and should not be anyone’s governor. 3 more years of misery for us Floridians. After 3 years, we may no longer be with the crisis of insurance. Praying we can payoff our house like Commissioner Weiss did and get out from under insurance umbrella that doesn’t pay anymore anyway.

    • James H Humphrey

      January 31, 2024 at 9:01 am

      OK, you have run your mouth, now, back it up with facts, not what you hear from your friends nor what you want to believe. Either PUT UP or SHUT UP.

  • MH/Duuuval

    January 31, 2024 at 9:06 am

    There are plenty of examples of members of Congress and the executive branch advocating for their ancestral homes.

    AIPAC, for example, lobbies for the state of Israel. It’s loaded with money and with that, terrific leverage.

    Somalia is a failed state subject to the whims and egos of neighboring states. No lobby to speak of, and certainly anyone speaking for Somali interests has no money for leverage.

  • Andy

    January 31, 2024 at 9:58 am

    So the Nazi leader returning home from a failing presidential campaign that no one listened to,is taking revenge, out of anger to remove public officials. Little D you were removed from National politics because of these childish actions, grow up and take care of the problems you left this state with and you, and only you created!

  • William Garnett

    January 31, 2024 at 11:00 am

    This woman clearly is anti-Amerocan.
    How was she voted into office to begin with ?
    What kind of constituents does she represent ? It makes a true-blooded American want to leave here. But that is what these liberals want.

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 31, 2024 at 8:49 pm

      Who elected you the Decider? If you are a Florida voter, why would you have put into office a thief like Rick Scott, a tool of the NRA like Marco Rubio, or a Governor who is too busy running for President to know what is happening to normal citizens — everything he knows about come from the MAGA silo.

    • rick whitaker

      February 1, 2024 at 3:39 pm

      william garnett, us liberals want ignorant, greedy, and religious nuts, to be diminished and replaced by caring woke people like us. we believe in elections and follow the constitution. gop minority rule is not working. you white christian nationalist are pathetic losers.

  • Midniteangel

    January 31, 2024 at 11:49 am

    Ron is for protecting kids. Ron is for protecting Florida. Ron is for protecting America. Ron is for protecting us from those such as the Somoli/muslim. He wants ppl who are LOYAL to America. I call that a great Gov. He is a good decent honest man.

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 31, 2024 at 8:54 pm

      Who’s going to protect Dee’s political opponents from his vengeance when they say or do something that he doesn’t like?

  • Joseph Jay Doelker

    January 31, 2024 at 12:20 pm

    People, people, people, DeSantis’s comments due to the Congresswoman from Minnesota about her allegiance to help her ancestral people is irrelevant to your daily lives, relax.

    The US government has a standing history of problems with those who control Somalia (for evidence, view Black Hawk Down) and Rep. Ilhan Omar has a right as any other member of Congress whether born in the US or abroad to state her stance and follow her heart on the issues. Because the US has problems with those that govern Somalia, the US administration has backed a deal that gives Ethiopia, a neighbor and competitor access to Somalian waters. Thus, depriving the simple Somalian fishermen that live on the coast and work out of dinghies their claim to hereditary fishing spots. These are not the Somali pirates that harass the large container and tanker vessels as seen in films like Captain Philips. These are the people the representative is speaking on behalf of. They are the poor of the country that the US was trying to help by removing the warlords by force. Unfortunately, both the warlords and the poor of the country are tied together in any deal involving Somalia and the US.

    I think Roni D should shut his pie hole because he speaks many times on issues he does not understand. In this issue he is taking his hatred of Muslims which he has said was his reason for enlistment (not necessarily in direct words- but joining as a consequence to 9/11/01 would indicate an indirect tie to hatred of Muslims or at least seeking vengeance) and was further influenced as JAG at Guantanamo, and singling Rep. Ilhan Omar out not because of her views, but because she is an outspoken Muslim, and a person he has been programmed to despise.

    • Conservative first

      January 31, 2024 at 5:27 pm

      Sorry but you’re wrong. IIhan took an oath to protect the US first and leave religion out of it. She has not done that and for that reason, she needs to be removed from her very important position. I know there are laws and constitutional at that, she is breaking but I’m not a lawyer

      • MH/Duuuval

        January 31, 2024 at 8:50 pm

        So, move to Minn. and vote her out. No doubt her voters will be immediately impressed with your arguments and you.

      • rick whitaker

        February 1, 2024 at 1:15 pm

        conservative first, mike johnson also took an oath and now he is breaking it by putting his fairy tale religion ahead of our country’s laws and needs. all of my family is non religious, do we not deserve fairness? christians are extremely unfair by design. they believe their dumb beliefs are true and should be believed by every american. how unamerican can you get!

        • Dont Say FLA

          February 1, 2024 at 3:35 pm

          Right? I’m on board with expelling her from government just so long as we expel everyone who took an oath to protect the US first and leave religion out of it but actually has their religion all the way up in it as far as it can go.

  • Reinaldo A Abrahante

    January 31, 2024 at 2:26 pm

    So I open the article in order to read about a member of Congress openly stating that she is there to protect a foreign nation’s interests, but instead I find that the majority of it consists of a political attack on Governor DeSantis. Why I am not surprised?

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 31, 2024 at 8:52 pm

      Because Dee the Autocrat is always pronouncing about this, that, or the other. Like, who cares what this diminished individual has to spout off about?

  • John

    February 1, 2024 at 9:17 am

    So, if all your constituents are Somalian brought in to this country on an asylum plea, and non assimilation “cities” then you get re-elected with the same tactics that Somalia uses to elect their fair and free officials, fear and cheating

  • Babs

    February 1, 2024 at 11:40 am

    I lived in the Columbus, OH area where and lots of Somalians lived. If you so happen to be in a store or any public place…they were very rude and thinking they’re superior to others.

    • rick whitaker

      February 1, 2024 at 2:11 pm

      babs, is that babs, or karen? so you are a mind reader and know when someone is thinking they are superior to someone else. am i thinking that i am superior to a racist maga cultist like you SEEM to be? i f i got into a line next to you in the store would you know i was thinking progressive dem thoughts? what if i offered to let you go ahead of me because i had several items and you had just one, would that let you know i wasn’t maga? you mind readers are amazing.

  • ARS

    February 1, 2024 at 11:44 am

    As a resident of Minnesota for many years I agree with Govenor DeSantis. Remove her from Congress and deport her. She’s had a questionable history with her personal and political responsibilities. Desperately lacks integrity and a formal education to make important political decisions.
    America’s interest must be first and foremost!
    Next on the list should be Lauren Boebert & MTG.

  • rick whitaker

    February 1, 2024 at 1:01 pm

    ars, you outright lied in your post concerning her formal education. omar has a degree in political science and has served as policy fellow at university of min. school of political affairs. why do you lie about people?

  • rick whitaker

    February 1, 2024 at 1:01 pm

    ars, you outright lied in your post concerning her formal education. omar has a degree in political science and has served as policy fellow at university of min. school of political affairs. why do you lie about people?

    • Martucci

      February 1, 2024 at 1:28 pm

      Political science; a degree which is essentially worthless. This is what lawyers get before applying to law school. Perhaps it should be re-named sidewalk social science.
      Omar is a traitor. Plain and simple. Deport her back to the wasteland she came from!

      • Dont Say FLA

        February 1, 2024 at 3:39 pm

        Sidewalk social science, aka Rhonda’s Poop Maps

      • rick whitaker

        February 1, 2024 at 3:45 pm

        martucci, so what do you have a degree in? you sound like you have a major in fascism to me. btw, fy

  • Dont Say FLA

    February 1, 2024 at 3:38 pm

    Somebody please have a heart and tell Rhonda Dee that nobody at all cares what he thinks about anything at all. I mean it should be obvious to him by now, but I guess somehow he didn’t get the memo. Maybe because he was in Iowa every time it came out.

  • Gary B

    February 1, 2024 at 10:18 pm

    Except for 2 facts: According to independent fact checkers she never said these things and number 2 is that it is not legal to deport a citizen of the United States. The last time I looked it was ok to have a difference of opinion and shouldn’t Gov. DeSantis know that considering his grandparents were immigrants and might have had strong views about Italian people.
    Here is a fact:DJT told his communications team that he lied all of the time but that if you tell the American people the same lies over and over they will believe you

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