Speaking about her thoughts on the former vice president taking a crack at the Democratic race for the presidency, Omar did not mince words.
“There are few people who fit into the kind of progress that we all want to see in this country,” Omar told The Guardian Saturday at the Iowa People’s Presidential Forum, where she delivered a keynote speech. “And I would say he is not one of them.
“I think it has been very clear to many of the people who have been creating the kind of movement that is exciting generations, that we want somebody who really has a plan that is going to tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have, and he doesn’t,” she continued of Biden.
On Twitter, many agreed with the Democratic congresswoman’s sentiment.
“Congresswoman Omar is my hero.”
“We must stan”
But others felt her take is aiding in the splintering of the Democratic party.
“It’s bad enough that the Dems are trying to stay together. We don’t need someone from our own party tearing us down. The GOP will use this as a talking point.”
“I tell ya-the Democrats will find a way to lose the election… if this is not a replay of 2016 I will be shocked.”
“We always find a way to mess up every oppt reason ppl like Rep Omar who don’t know when to shut up. You don’t speak for us.”
Omar, a freshman in the House of Representatives hailing from Minnesota by way of Somalia, has faced a barrage of harassment stemming from Trump. Most recently that included a 9/11 tweet the commander-in-chief issued that she said, “put my life at risk.”
And in her address at the presidential forum Sept. 21, Omar said called for “a president who realizes we are not just fighting for one election, we are fighting for the very soul of our democracy and what society we want to become.”
Biden has not publicly responded to Omar’s remarks concerning him but polls show he is leading others in his party, including Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, for the 2020 primaries. However, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is gaining steam, including her jumping ahead of Biden for the first time in a poll out of Iowa this weekend, according to the Des Moines Register.