Israel-hating Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) created a wave of controversy last week with remarks in which she lumped the United States and Israel in with terrorists groups — a statement so out of line that it even prompted rebuke from several Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
However, when Pelosi was confronted about her statement reprimanding the radical, progressive Minnesota Democrat, she lied to CNN Dana Bash, claiming that she and her colleagues didn’t rebuke Omar, but instead “thanked” her for clarifying her statements, TheBlaze reported.
Omar said last Monday that the world has “seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
In a statement addressing Omar’s absurd remark, Pelosi pointed out that free speech is encouraged and protected before issuing an extremely rare rebuke.
“[D]rawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all. We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban,” Pelosi’s statement read.
The statement marked the second rebuke of Omar’s comments, as a group of 12 House Democrats worded a similar statement against Omar the previous day.
According to The Hill, a group of Republican lawmakers also introduced legislation to censure Omar and other radical progressive lawmakers who make up the ranks of “the squad,” citing several other examples of anti-Israel and anti-American rhetoric.
Pelosi, however, apparently wanted the viewers of CNN to be under the impression that everything is fine within the ranks of the Democratic Party.
During an interview on Sunday, CNN’s Bash pointed out to the Speaker that “top House Democrats released a pretty rare statement rebuking [Omar],” which then triggered Pelosi’s built-in damage control filter.
“OK. You know what? Let me just say this,” Pelosi told Bash. “We did not rebuke her. We thanked — acknowledged that she made a clarification.”
As Pelosi continued to spin the situation, Bash apparently lost any sense of journalistic integrity and failed to challenge her on what was clearly a bald-faced lie.
Upon being rebuked by members of her own party, Omar played the victim card and accused them of taking part in “silencing” her, before later issuing a “clarification” on what she really meant by her original remarks.