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Published On: Sun, Mar 10th, 2019

Minnesota Rep Ilhan Omar suggests Obama murderer over drone program, attacks media for calling her out

On Friday, Politico Magazine quoted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as suggesting President Obama was a murderer for the “droning of countries around the world” and that just because someone is more “polished” than President Trump doesn’t excuse their bad policies.

Ilhan Omar

“We can’t be only upset with Trump. … His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was,” Omar says in the Politico article. “And that’s not what we should be looking for anymore. We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile.”

Omar quickly claimed her quote was taken out of context, uploading the audio of the interview. The full context proved Politico’s Tim Alberta quoted her accurately.

“Exhibit A of how reporters distort words. I’m an Obama fan! I was saying how [President] Trump is different from Obama, and why we should focus on policy not politics,” Omar said in a now-deleted tweet.

She also posted audio of her interview, which completely backed up Alberta’s reporting.

“You know I will talk about the family separation or caging of kids and people will point out that this was Trump — I mean this was Obama. I mean I’ll say something about the droning of countries around the world and people will say that was Obama. And all of that is very true,” Omar said in her own audio recording.

“We can’t be only upset with Trump because he’s not a politician who sells us his policies in the most perfect way. His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was, and that’s not what we should be looking for anymore,” Omar went on to say. “We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished, we want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile so that we can understand the kind of negative impact, or positive impact they will have on us for generations to come.”

Alberta then took to his own Twitter account to respond to Omar.

“Exhibit A of how politicians use the media as a straw man to avoid owning what they said,” he tweeted. “Your tape…supports what I wrote 100%. So does my longer tape. It’s beyond dispute.”

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