If you ever do something wrong, don’t hire House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as your apologist. She’ll just make you look dumb.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has created quite a stir with her anti-Semitic remarks. It’s left fellow House Democrats in a kerfuffle as some have quickly condemned her statements while others have tried to direct the public’s focus away to other forms of bigotry.
Now on Friday, Pelosi is trying to explain it all away again. And she’s just making things worse.
Initially on Thursday, the House speaker said she didn’t think Omar’s comments were “intended in an anti-Semitic way,” CNN reported.
“But the fact is, if that’s how it was interpreted, we have to remove all doubt, as we have done over and over again” she continued.
“It’s up to her to explain,” Pelosi said, but added, “but I do not believe that she understood the full weight of the words.”
She also explained that she didn’t think Omar fully understood that she was a congresswoman now and not just an activist.
But on Friday, she doubled down on her defense, saying, "I think she has a different experience in the use of words, doesn't understand that some of them are fraught with meaning. I don't think that the congresswoman perhaps appreciates the full weight of how it was heard by other people, although I don't believe it was intended in an anti-Semitic way," according to The Hill.
Omar has been in the U.S. for about 24 years, graduated from North Dakota State University, and is a policy fellow at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Yet Pelosi is implying that she doesn’t know English well.
And a story by Politico where Omar bashed President Obama suggested that the Muslim congresswoman is very smart and deliberate with her words. And she likes seeing people in her own party squirm.
“I am certainly not looking to be comfortable, and I don’t want everyone necessarily to feel comfortable around me,” she explained. “I think really the most exciting things happen when people are extremely uncomfortable.”