“A lot of the policies that we’ve put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela,” Omar said during an interview with “Democracy Now” this week. “And we’ve sort of set the stage for where we’re arriving today.”
Pence doubled down during a Fox News interview that aired Friday, saying that “the congresswoman doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” as IJR Red reported.
Omar responded to the criticism, calling it an attack on “women of color” to “make us feel small.”
Women of color have heard this before. Instead of "we disagree," it's "she doesn't know what she's talking about." They have to make us feel small.
This from an Administration that thinks climate change is a Chinese hoax. https://t.co/8ZaHfY4hfH
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 3, 2019
Crenshaw told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on Friday that Omar’s “opinion is one that is not based on facts or reality.”
The former Navy SEAL — whose family moved around the world for his father’s job in the oil and gas industry, including moving to Ecuador, Colombia, and even to Caracas, Venezuela — said he’s watched the socialist policies “ruin the country,” adding that “it’s not U.S. policy.”
“Notice she didn’t give an example because she doesn’t have any,” Crenshaw said.
The Republican congressman gave Omar a lesson on what’s happening in Venezuela:
“What’s actually happened is through price controls and nationalization of private industry, you’ve ruined an economy. […] When you put in these kinds of socialist policies, it destroys a country. It happens over and over again. People starve. That is what’s happening right now. These failed ideas that keep bubbling up.”
“It’s a real shame to see that we have members of Congress actually defending them,” he said.
Crenshaw slammed the “cheap shot” used when people cast the blame on the U.S. and then claim “if you disagree with me, you’re disagreeing with me because of my identity.”
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As for military intervention in Venezuela, Crenshaw said: “We don’t want to remove that [option] from the table.”
When also asked about military intervention, Trump told Fox News that “there’s always a tipping point, but certainly I’d rather not do that.”