Video Shows Ilhan Omar Laughing as Colleague Discusses US Troops Killed in Iraq
Outrage as Omar filmed laughing as Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee talks about American casualties
Radical Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has sparked outrage after she was caught on video laughing as her colleague, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), discussed US troops killed in Iraq.
Jackson Lee was discussing American casualties overseas during a press conference on Wednesday while other Democrats - including Omar and her fellow "Squad" member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) - stood behind listening.
“I’m very glad to say that I was part of the 132 and also the vote for 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 told reporters.
“We never solved any problems with AUMF, 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.”
Rep. Omar can be seen standing behind Lee as she spoke, laughing while talking to her Democrat colleagues.
At one point, Omar can be seen turning her back and giggling while speaking to Tlaib, who also appears to smile.
“I recall the language in AUMF, it deals with hostilities in Iraq,” Lee continued.
“It doesn’t deal with an incident or a dislike or someone in a car coming in from the airport.
"That is the danger of not acting and I do think with our leadership, meaning the leadership CPC, that will come together around specific answers.”
Absolutely disgusting.— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) January 8, 2020
Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar laughs and jokes around as her colleague Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee discusses U.S. casualties in Iraq. pic.twitter.com/5hfxbUnc3o
During a different point in the same press conference, Omar claimed that conversations about the possibility of war with Iran are causing her to be “stricken with PTSD.”
“I feel ill a little bit because of everything that is taking place and I think every time I hear of conversations around war I find myself being stricken with PTSD,” Omar told members of the press.
Later, Omar took to Twitter attacking President Donald Trump for imposing additional sanctions against Iran.
The president was responding to the Islamic Republic firing multiple missiles at U.S. forces stationed in Iraq on Tuesday night.
“This makes no sense. Sanctions are economic warfare,” Omar tweeted.
“They have already caused medical shortages and countless deaths in Iran.
"You cannot claim to want deescalation and then announce new sanctions with no clear goal.
"This is not a measured response!”
This makes no sense. Sanctions are economic warfare.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 8, 2020
They have already caused medical shortages and countless deaths in Iran.
You cannot claim to want deescalation and then announce new sanctions with no clear goal. This is not a measured response! https://t.co/sGWtwXuNDT
Omar, a documented anti-Semite, is an avid supporter of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, which is designed to destroy Israel.
Omar repeated her comments during the press conference about not wanting to sanction Iran.
“Since he got into office, the president of the United States has been angering Iran into war, first he canceled our best shot at avoiding armed conflict: the Iran nuclear deal," she said.
"Then he announced crippling sanctions to starve the innocent people of Iran.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar condemns “crippling” sanctions against Iran, saying they target the people of Iran, despite being an avid supporter of BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) against the people of Israelpic.twitter.com/qjDQBS0HVh— Tommy Pigott (@TCPigott) January 8, 2020
Last Spring, Rep. Omar caused outrage by blasting America during an interview with a Middle Eastern magazine, declaring that living in “ugly” American society is "an everyday assault."
In an interview for Vogue Arabia that was published in April, the radical Minnesota lawmaker claims that "every day” she is "threatened" and "demonized" due to the "ugliness" that she says is ingrained in the US populace.
Omar, 37, used the interview to criticize the United States and blast its people to the publication's Arabic audience, accusing President Trump of "tapping into an ugly part of our society and freeing its ugliness."
Throughout the interview, Omar didn't disclose the reason why she chooses to live in the United States after fleeing Somalia and claiming asylum in the US in the 1990s.