House Speaker Nancy Pelosi barely secured the speakership, and the establishment politician has her hands full in trying to corral the Democrats into a united front against the president. To make matters worse for Pelosi, impatient newcomers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) aren’t particularly interested in following her experienced political lead — they’d rather make their own headlines.
Omar, the liberal media-heralded Somali refugee who just became one of the first Muslim women in Congress, came under fire last week after she accused Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) of being “compromised” — by what, exactly, she didn’t say. When questioned further on this bold claim — by CNN, no less — the congresswoman backpedaled and admitted that she didn’t have any evidence for the claim — and that it was actually “just an opinion.”
Graham once stood firmly within the GOP’s ranks of the NeverTrump brigade — but now, he’s considered one of the president’s top supporters in the Senate. This transformation has baffled and enraged the Democrats, including Omar, who tweeted of Graham on Jan. 15, “They got to him, he is compromised!”
They got to him, he is compromised! https://t.co/m8sB3EmElg
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 16, 2019
She linked to another tweet which further inferred that Graham’s support of Trump was merely because he was being blackmailed.
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Two days later, during an appearance on CNN, co-host Jim Sciutto asked for an explanation of the tweet.
She replied, “So, over the last three years, we have seen many times where Senator Lindsey Graham has told us how dangerous this president could be if he was given the opportunity to be in the White House. All of the sudden he’s made not only a 180 turnaround but a 360 turnaround.”
“So, I am pretty sure there is something happening with him, whether it is something that has to do with his funding when it comes to running for office, whether it has to do with the polling they might have in his district, or whether it has do with some sort of leadership within the Senate,” she continued.
“He is somehow compromised to no longer stand up for the truth and to make sure that he is fighting to protect the oath that he took in serving the American people,” Omar added.
Set aside for a moment her inaccurate description of a Graham turnaround — a 360 degree turn would put him right back where he started, opposing Trump — or the fact that senators represent entire states, not districts, or the fact that his seniority in the Senate virtually assured him of a leadership position of some sort, and consider instead the unsubstantiated charge she leveled against a sitting senator, which is surprisingly what Sciutto did.
“That’s quite a charge to make,” Sciutto said, and asked what evidence she had to support her “remarkable comment” against a sitting U.S. senator.
Omar replied, “The evidence really is present to us, it is being presented to us in the way that he is behaving.”
This time it was co-host Poppy Harlow’s turn to push back, and she said, “But that’s not evidence, that’s your opinion.”
Omar replied, “My tweet was just an opinion based on what I believe to be visible to me, and I’m pretty sure there are lots of Americans who agree on this.”
Pelosi hasn’t publicly addressed Omar’s controversial tweets or commentary about Graham, but she can’t be happy about them either, as one of her newest members was making accusations against a Republican senator on national TV with zero evidence to support the charge — a disgusting action that almost certainly would have destroyed the career of a Republican if the roles were reversed.