Speaker Pelosi: Perhaps Rep. Omar Doesn’t Appreciate the ‘Full Weight’ of Her Words
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) defended Rep. Ihan Omar (D-MN) by saying the freshman Democrat probably does not fully appreciate the weight of her words as a member of Congress.
“Do you think that Ihan Omar understands why her comments were problematic and what happens if this happens again,” a reporter asked on Thursday.
“I don’t think that the Congresswoman is, perhaps, appreciate the full weight of how it was heard by other people, although I don’t believe it was intended in any anti-Semitic way,” Pelosi replied. “But the fact is that’s how it was interpreted, we have to remove all doubt. As we have done, over and over again.”
She then pointed how they will be voting on the broad anti-hate resolution, which was originally just supposed to condemn anti-Semitism. Pelosi then explained she specifically asked for Omar to not be singled out in the resolution “because it’s not about her, it’s about these forms of hatred.”
NPR reports Omar latest comments were made during a progressive town hall event, where she said, “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”
Watch above, via CSPAN.
Have a tip we should know? firstname.lastname@example.org