Ilhan Omar contends that Americans “should be more fearful of white men.” pic.twitter.com/ot7PBF96P1
— Molly Prince (@mollyfprince) July 24, 2019
Did you see that? Yeah, that’s bullshit.
Courtesy of WaPo:
An old interview with Omar popped up on Fox News and the Daily Caller. That, in turn, prompted this tweet by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who just a week ago insisted the “outrage and response cycle” was “a stupid game I refuse to play.”
But there’s a problem: The video that Rubio tweeted was deceptively edited by the Daily Caller, removing a key part of Omar’s comment. Moreover, the headline on the original tweet misleadingly asserted: “Ilhan Omar contends that Americans ‘should be more fearful of white men.’”
Here is what Omar actually said:
“A lot of conservatives would say the rise of Islamophobia is the result not of hate but of fear, a legitimate fear they say, of quote-unquote Jihadist terrorism, whether it’s Fort Hood, San Bernardino or the recent truck attack in New York. What do you say to them?”
“I would say our country should be more fearful of white men across our country because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country, and so if fear was the driving force of policies to keep America safe, Americans safe inside of this country, we should be profiling, monitoring and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men.”
Here is what the video Rubio shared had her saying:
“I would say our country should be more fearful of white men across our country because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country. We should be profiling, monitoring and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men.”
Context makes quite the difference, doesn’t it?
Rubio responded to being called out on this, not with an apology, but with an angry defense:
“These questions prove my point. If a Republican grouped all men, of any background or ethnicity, together in any negative context — especially terrorism — many in the media would immediately demand that other Republicans disavow their statement. But when Rep. Omar suggested white men — not white supremacists or white nationalists, white men — pose a greater danger than jihadists, many in the media rushed to her defense and attacked me for pointing out this double standard.”
How very Republican of him.
You know I trhink this is the first time that I have had two Ilhan Omar posts on the same day.
I think that speaks to the GOP efforts to vilify her and then use her as the face of the Democratic party.