White House calls on Dems to condemn 'abhorrent' comments about Israel Rep. Ilhan Omar suggested that President Trump is not “human” when questioned about her criticisms of the commander-in-chief and former President Barack Obama.
The freshman Democrat from Minnesota assailed Obama’s stance on immigration in an interview published Friday by Politico, telling the news outlet that his administration was responsible for the “caging of kids” along the US-Mexico border.
When asked by a Fox News reporter Monday whether she thought “Obama is the same as President Trump,” she said, “Absolutely not. That is silly to even equate the two. One is human and one is really not.”
In an audio recording of the Politico interview Omar tweeted over the weekend, she said, “I think for many of us, we think of ourselves as Democrats. But many of the ways that our Democratic leaders have conducted themselves within the system is not one that we are all proud of.
“… And when we talk about waking people up from complacency, it’s to say that we can’t be only upset with Trump because he’s not a politician who sells us his policies in the most perfect way. His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was.”
“Exhibit A of how reporters distort words. I’m an Obama fan! I was saying how Trump is different from Obama, and why we should focus on policy, not politics. This is why I always tape my interviews,” she said in her tweet, which she later deleted when it apparently confirmed her statement, according to Fox News.
Omar has faced a backlash for making statements about Israel that many people, including fellow Democrats, have deemed anti-Semitic.
In response, the House passed a resolution condemning all “hateful expressions of intolerance.”
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