Few first-term legislators have had a more toxic effect on U.S. political culture than Democratic House Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Her career deserves critical study, especially as the Democratic Party becomes increasingly governed by identity politics, which Omar exploits, and indifferent to left-wing anti-Semitism, for which she is notorious. Benjamin Weingarten’s American Ingrate: Ilhan Omar and the Progressive-Islamist Takeover of the Democratic Party positions itself as a study of both Omar’s rise and the Left’s recent degeneration.

Weingarten, a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, dutifully narrates Omar’s personal and professional history to date. He notes that her family worked as civil servants for the Somali dictator Siad Barre. When Barre was violently deposed, the family fled. Weingarten speculates—plausibly—that Omar’s experience with Barre’s Islamic socialist regime (she was 13 when she arrived in the U.S.) inspired both her hard-Left views and her affinity for Islamist governments.

Specifics about the family’s activities in Somalia are sparse. But American Ingrate should have explored Omar’s political rise in the United States in greater detail. In 2016, Omar ousted a longtime Democratic state representative in a three-way primary that also included her fellow Somali

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