Omar called Angela Davis not only an inspiration but an “idol.” Davis wasn’t merely inspirational but “enormously inspiring… throughout my life.”

The whole episode is shocking and instructive about Ilhan Omar. Angela Davis is, of course, the matron of Marxism in the United States. If you had to pick America’s most widely known female communist for a half-century standing, you’d pick Angela Davis.

Davis supported the Soviet invasions of Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan and twice ran for vice president of the United States on the Communist Party ticket, where she ran alongside longtime CPUSA general secretary Gus Hall (a ticket supported by Barack Obama’s CIA director, John Brennan). The Soviets adored her, and the feeling was mutual. Click here to watch Angela in Moscow in 1979 accepting her Lenin Peace Prize in front of a bust of Lenin. Before an audience of Russian white folks, Davis exchanged kisses with her Kremlin host and thanked her “comrades” as she glowingly accepted the award “bearing the glorious name of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin on the very soil where he led the great October Revolution.”