Rep. Ilhan Omar is again drawing backlash for her comments, this time because of a recently surfaced video that shows her laughing at the idea of Americans fearing terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda or Hezbollah.
The Minnesota Democrat spoke about the reactions, referring to a class she once took on terrorism, in a recently discovered video.
“I remember when I was in college, I took a terrorism class,” she told her interviewer who joked that there even was such a thing.
“The thing that was interesting, in the class, was every time the professor said ‘al-Qaeda,’ his shoulders sort of went up,” Omar explained, laughing as she mimicked the action of pulling back her shoulders and taking on a serious expression.
“Al-Qaeda, you know, Hezbollah,” she laughed along with the interviewer, emphasizing the words and the way she claimed the professor spoke them.
“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 explained, making the comparison. “But you say these names because you want that word to carry weight.”
The Muslim congresswoman graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in political science in 2011. The class she mentioned would have to have been taken prior to her completing her studies which would have been before the rise of ISIS, The Daily Caller noted.
The militant Islamist group was founded in 1988 by Osama bin Laden, who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks on America and was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in May 2011.
Omar went on in the interview during an interview on the show “Belahdan” on Twin Cities PBS that was unearthed by Fox News in February, to note that when an individual “in a Western society” commits a mass shooting, “we investigate that person and what has driven them to commit that act.
“When an act is committed by, you know, Muslim terrorists, what we investigate is that whole community, we investigate that whole faith, we investigate that whole society,” she said, stressing that it should be the individuals responsible whose lives should be “under the microscope” and not the rest of the community.
Omar did not elaborate on the fact that the terrorist groups nearly always carry out their acts in the name of their Islamic faith and usually tie a religious and community based connection to the attacks.
The freshman congresswoman has come under heavy fire for her recent anti-Semitic comments and ignited a new outcry after remarks she made last month, as she referred to the 9/11 terrorist attacks as “some people did something,” surfaced this week.
President Donald Trump weighed in with a tweet featuring a video of Omar’s comments alongside footage of the Twin Towers being attacked on September 11.
Trump to Omar: We will never forget what you said about 9/11! https://t.co/JGv0VXqrp3
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 13, 2019
Democrats slammed the president for his reaction while defending Omar.
The latest video of the Minnesota lawmaker set off a fresh wave of backlash on Twitter.
I’ve never seen someone have such a great time & laughing so much discussing Al-Qaeda & terrorism. What other topics give her this much enjoyment? Cancer? Child abuse? How people like this get a public platform is sickening…
— Antonella212 (Instagram) (@NYorNothing) April 12, 2019
For the most part, I ignore politics even if I must go out of my way to do so. But knowing we have a public representative like this is horrific and does not represent who or what we are as a country or people.
— John King (@John_49inf) April 12, 2019
I have never seen a person in my entire life smile when talking about the topic of terrorism.
— Dune (@dunedoggywog) April 12, 2019
She needs to be out of the Congress she doesn’t represent our country
— Samira Chagua (@petetepelusita) April 12, 2019
I think she is evil and she needs to be out. But she isn’t suppose to be representing our country she is suppose to be representing her voters and she is. And that my freind is the scary part
— troust 6919 (@Troust6) April 12, 2019
I also don’t say “Hitler” as if he is the same as “Churchill”. Imagine that…
— Alex Zelinski (@A_Zelinski) April 11, 2019
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