MoveOn announces its ‘first endorsement for 2020’ and folks wonder if they are being punked

Liberal group MoveOn has made their first endorsement for the 2020 election cycle and their selection is earning them plenty of hilarious trolling on social media.

“As our first endorsement for 2020, we’re proud to announce that MoveOn Political Action members in #MN05 have voted overwhelmingly to back Rep. @IlhanMN for re-election to Congress,” the organization tweeted on Wednesday.

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The group then went on to praise Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and to say she has endured “racist & anti-Muslim attacks” while she has been in office.

“Since her election to Congress, Rep. Omar has fiercely advocated for the people of her district along with being a voice for progressive issues such as climate change, Medicare for All, de-funding Trump’s deportation force, overturning the Muslim Ban, and more,” wrote MoveOn.

They continued, “And despite racist & anti-Muslim attacks to silence the first Black, Muslim congresswoman—and blatant attempts to incite violence against her & Muslim communities … Rep. Omar has continued to speak out for bold, progressive policies in order to fight for a society where all of us, not just the rich and powerful, can thrive.”

The group then posted a collection of quotes from various people praising Omar.

Omar has become an increasingly controversial politician to be associated with, even for lawmakers on the left.

Multiple comments by Omar have led to accusations of anti-semitism and anti-Americanism.

Omar was highly critical of the United States’ relationship with Israel last month.

“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” she said. “I want to ask why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, of fossil fuel industries, or big pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying movement that is influencing policy.”

The young lawmaker later added, “I have not mischaracterized our relationship with Israel, I have questioned it and that has been clear from my end … I am told every day that I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel. I find that to be problematic and I am not alone. I just happen to be willing to speak up on it and open myself to attacks.”

She also earned controversy when a video of her speaking about 9/11 began recently going viral. In the video, Omar downplays the 9/11 terrorist attacks by saying, “some people did something.”

In a fresh controversy, Omar is also finding herself fielding criticism for a 2017 tweet in which she claimed that American soldiers “killed” thousands of Somalis.

The tweet was in response to someone mentioning the Battle of Mogadishu, a 1993 event which saw 19 American soldiers lose their lives and 73 others receive injuries.

The events of that battle were dramatized in the popular 2001 film “Black Hawk Down.”

These comments have earned Omar plenty of criticism, criticism that has been labeled as racist and anti-Muslim by some liberals — a mischaracterization that MoveOn is clearly more than eager to help spread.

Twitter users understandably blasted MoveOn for deciding to so excitedly endorse Omar amidst all of her controversies and questionable stances.

One user responded by saying, “What a joke.”

“Move On … I don’t support her,” read another response.

Check out more responses below:

Omar thanked MoveOn for their endorsement in her own tweet.


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