Veteran Kyle Lamb weighed in on the recent criticism that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is facing due to comments she made about the Battle of Mogadishu during an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night.
As IJR Red reported, a resurfaced tweet the lawmaker sent in 2017 criticizing the American soldiers who were there during the battle in 1993 and falsely claiming that thousands of Somalis died during the battle caused outrage earlier this week.
Take a look at what she said:
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 16, 2017
Lamb, who fought in the battle that caused the deaths of 18 American soldiers and hundreds of Somali people, fired back by saying that Omar’s inflation was concerning.
“Normally it’s humorous, but at this point, it’s kind of disturbing because … she wasn’t there, she had already left the country,” said Lamb. “We were there and I’ve never heard numbers quite that inflated, I mean we wish we could’ve done that much damage, but that didn’t happen.”
He also explained how the remark affected him and his fellow “Black Hawk Down” veterans but claimed it was not surprising due to other comments she has made.
“We take it personal when you attack us like that. Once again, it’s not surprising to hear that, there’s been kind of a long list of things she’s said that … I feel bad for her,” said Lamb.
Watch his interview:
The veteran also pointed out that the American soldiers were there to protect Somalians from warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
“We were actually there to help some of the lesser tribes or the lesser clans, such as her clan … We were there to try to do the right thing. And you know, the other thing is we didn’t say ‘hey let’s pick out Somalia as a great place to go hang out.'”
Referencing back to the soldiers’ attempts to save people, Lamb said that is why he wanted to serve.
“That’s why we serve and you can make a difference when you go to those countries,” said Lamb.
As IJR Red has reported, Omar has faced backlash for other comments, include her alleged anti-Semitic remarks and her seemingly downplaying the 9/11 terror attacks. Lamb said he hopes the lawmaker will understand that she is able to be so outspoken because she was given the opportunity to escape the conflict.
“We want her to understand that she’s living large now because of her family being able to escape the atrocities of Mogadishu,” Lamb said. “It’s very disturbing.”