Sen. Hirono Defends Rep. Omar Because Anything She Says ‘Can Be Viewed in a Certain Way’
On Sunday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) defended Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) recent comments on dual loyalty, saying anything anyone says can be twisted in certain ways and she did intend to be anti-Semitic.
“Before I let you go, I want to talk about the Democratic party, sort of the emerging primary, but also some divisions that have unfolded over the past week or Ilhan Omar was talking at a fund-raising event and talked about loyalty to a foreign country, and those comments were condemned by many Democrats as anti-semitic. Do you believe her comments were anti-semitic,” MSNBC anchor Kasie Hunt asked.
“I don’t think she intended her comments to be anti-Semitic. We’re in an environment now where just about everything we say can be viewed in a certain way,” Hirono replied. “What we have is a lot of hate speech against immigrants, against Muslims, against all kinds of people.
She praised the Democrats for voting on the general anti-hate resolution that was a resolution condemning anti-Semitism.
“We certainly are hearing a lot of hate speech from the Republicans and the right and for them to suddenly rear up on their hind legs and go after one person, I think we should be looking at ourselves and saying we have an environment now where basically President Trump in his campaign really exposed a lot of the divisiveness and issues in our country that we’ve never faced up to including racism, including anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ and these are all areas we need to face as a country,” Hirono added.
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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