Last week Politico Magazine published a quote from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that suggested former President Barack Obama was a murderer for "droning of countries around the world.” She also said just because he's more “polished” than President Donald Trump doesn’t excuse Obama's bad behavior.
When the article was published progressives were furious. After all, how could Rep Omar compare God Emperor Obama to evil orange man Drumpf?
Omar quickly went on the defense. She claimed Politico had taken her quote of context. That's when she doubled down on idiocy by trying to prove Politico was misleading people. Instead, she did the exact opposite: she proved Politco was right.
Here's what Politico published:
"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. “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."
So Omar posted this to Twitter (a tweet she has since deleted):
“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”
Then she posted audio of the interview... Audio that shows Politico quoted her perfectly.
But Politico got the last laugh. Tim Alberta, the author of the article, Tweeted this on Friday:
Exhibit A of how politicians use the media as a straw man to avoid owning what they said.
Your tape...supports what I wrote 100%. So does my longer tape. It's beyond dispute.
Next time, a phone call from your office before the Twitter ambush would be appreciated.
Rep Omar needs to own her words or quit politics. The real irony here is that she wasn't wrong - Obama was a very violent President. Pretending he's not ignores reality. Why backtrack on your comments?