Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) had her own words come back to haunt her when she tried to slam President Trump for a joke he made Wednesday night.
The president was at a campaign rally in Florida and addressing illegal immigration when he noted, “When you have 15,000 people marching up...and you have two or three border security agents who are brave and great. And don’t forget, we don’t let them and we can’t let them use weapons,” according to PBS.
“Other countries do; we can’t. I would never do that. But, how do you stop these people?” he asked rhetorically. “You can’t.”
Someone far back in the crowd shouted something difficult to make out, but the mainstream media claims it was “shoot them.”
The crowd laughed, and Trump shook his head.
“That’s only in the [Florida] panhandle you can get away with that stuff,” the president joked in return, not making it clear if he was answering somebody saying “shoot them” or something else.
The liberal media went haywire and immediately accused Trump of joking about wanting to shoot illegal immigrants. But Trump was speaking in the Florida panhandle and was taking a dig at the people in the Florida panhandle — possibly joking about them being trigger happy.
The president clearly wasn’t saying we should shoot illegal aliens, especially after he just said, “I would never do that” when it comes to shooting people at the border.
But Omar took the media’s twisted interpretation of what he said and ran with it.
“This was hard to watch and listen to but unsurprising that Trump would laugh about shooting people who come to our country seeking a better life,” the far-left congresswoman wrote, spreading the false narrative.
Trump’s 2020 campaign, using the Official Trump War Room Twitter account, lobbed her past comments right back at her. They replayed a recently unearthed 2013 video of Omar mocking people who were scared of Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah terrorist groups after the 9/11 attacks.
Here is that video in its larger context:
"When I was in college, I took a terrorism class,” she said, before later laughingly explaining, “The thing that was interesting in the class was every time the professor said ‘Al-Qaeda,’ his shoulders went up.”
“Al-Qaeda. Hezbollah,” she said, dramatically tensing up her shoulders each time while laughing at him.
“You don’t say ‘America’ with an intensity. You don’t say ‘England’ with an intensity. You don’t say ‘the Army’ with [an intensity],” she said, seeming to put the U.S., its ally, and our military force in the same category as Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah.