As Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee spoke during a presser with her colleagues Wednesday about the causalities of the Iraq War and how they allegedly relate to President Donald Trump’s recent actions against Iran, one of her colleagues chose to act like a dunce.
Instead of listening keenly to Lee’s words, that colleague, antisemitic Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar, used her time to hobnob with her congressional pals, including fellow antisemitic Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and laugh repeatedly over some joke.
“I’m very glad to say that I was part of the 132 and also the vote for [Rep.] Barbara Lee’s amendment, but I think that the point of that is that that is the same war that we’re dealing with today,” Lee could be heard saying in the recording above.
“We never solved any problems with AUMF [the Authorization for Use of Military Force], we left four thousand plus, maybe even forty-four hundred dead, and over sixty thousand who came back injured in some form and the war never ended.”
As Lee began speaking about being “part of the 132” House Republicans and Democrats who voted in October of 2002 against authorizing the use of military force against Iraq, Omar and her younger colleagues briefly exchanged a smile.
This upset some:
All smiles from the “The Squad” and company, as Sheila Jackson Lee is talking about American casualties in Iraq.
This is called….evil.@IlhanMN @AOC @RashidaTlaib pic.twitter.com/2zHa40756H
— Harrison Bergeron (@RightOpinionPod) January 8, 2020
But as Omar’s colleagues returned to listening to Lee continue her speech, she for some reason chose to seemingly ignore it altogether.
First, she turned around to start what appeared to be a humorous conversation with Tlaib. Moments later, she turned to the colleague on her right to speak with her as well. Then she turned back to Tlaib. Throughout the whole ordeal, she smiled and giggled.
It’s unclear what the congresswoman found funny regarding the thousands who died or were injured during the Iraq War. Odder still is what the congresswoman chose to say when her time at the podium arrived.
“I feel ill a little bit because of everything that is taking place, and I think every time I hear conversations around war, I find myself being stricken with PTSD,” she claimed. “And I find peace knowing that I serve with great advocates for peace and people who have shown courage against war.”
Some took offense to the very notion of her suffering from PTSD.
“Rep. Ilhan Omar complained she’s ‘stricken with PTSD’ because of recent events in the Middle East,” Republican Rep. Jim Banks, a military veteran, tweeted in anger.
“This is a disgrace and offensive to our nation’s veterans who really do have PTSD after putting their life on the line to keep America safe.”
Look at this and similar tweets below:
Rep. Ilhan Omar complained she’s “stricken with PTSD” because of recent events in the Middle East.
This is a disgrace and offensive to our nation’s veterans who really do have PTSD after putting their life on the line to keep America safe. pic.twitter.com/twhZDuUDu0
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) January 8, 2020
.@IlhanMN claims PTSD in a direct spit in the face of those in the military who actually suffer from it. She’s an open anti-semite, said “some people did something,” on 9/11 and shows a general hatred for the country. There is no way she should be near the House of Reps.
— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) January 9, 2020
Call the medic! @IlhanMN says she feels “ill a little bit” with all this talk of conflict with Iran. Well, I’m sure her dismissive talk of al Qaeda and 9/11 made a lot of Americans feel way more ill (and angry). https://t.co/JGaKAeonCt
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 8, 2020
In fairness, Omar immigrated to the United States as an ungrateful refugee during the height of the still-ongoing Somalian Civil War in 1992. That year alone, an estimated 350,000 Somalians reportedly died of disease, starvation or war.
That said, even if the congresswoman really has been suffering from PTSD symptoms, why would she then laugh and giggle during a discussion about the American lives lost during the Iraq War, some wondered. It seemed to suggest she was full of it.
Asking for a friend, is this how people with #PTSD act? @IlhanMN says she is suffering from #PTSD every time she hears conversations around war.
Her colleague then talks about American soldiers killed in WAR, and watch how #Omar acts. pic.twitter.com/bZMCM6m2H9
— Chris Berg (@chrisbergPOVNOW) January 8, 2020
People with PTSD don’t constantly smile and giggle
— Ron Bassilian (R) (@Ron4California) January 8, 2020
Is inappropriate laughing a symptom of PTSD? Rep Omar claims she is suffering from it.
— Mike Opelka (@stuntbrain) January 8, 2020
Ilhan Omar is laughing about the media being stupid enough to buy her PTSD nonsense. https://t.co/q7fOF1QPiW
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) January 9, 2020
Close but this lame actor @IlhanMN said she was “strickened (sic) with PTSD” (within minutes of laughing on camera behind @JacksonLeeTX18). https://t.co/cAoOjowbbo
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 9, 2020
While the congressman has not yet explained her decision to act like a dunce as Lee spoke of Iraq War casualties, she has responded to the critics complaining about her PTSD.
“I survived war as a child and deal with post-traumatic stress disorder — much like many who have served or lived through war. It’s shameful that you as a member of Congress would erase the PTSD of survivors,” she tweeted to Banks early Wednesday evening:
I survived war as a child and deal with post-traumatic stress disorder—much like many who have served or lived through war.
It’s shameful that you as a member of Congress would erase the PTSD of survivors. pic.twitter.com/QdDBKDSOCS
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 8, 2020
By the same token, many would argue that it’s “shameful that YOU as a member of Congress would” laugh, giggle and hobnob during a discussion about the thousands of Americans who died during the Iraq War. Fair is fair, after all …
.@ConorLambPA, I’m calling on you to condemn your colleague’s behavior here & defend our men & women in uniform who fought & bled for our nation.
I know you vote with her 90% of the time, but this is beyond politics.
As a US Marine, this should horrify & disgust you. https://t.co/UVkGvrqSF6
— Sean Parnell (@SeanParnellUSA) January 8, 2020
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