‘Are You Her Publicist?’: McCain Snaps at Seth Meyers as She Stands by Her Criticism of Omar

Meghan McCain is not letting up on her criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) controversial comments as she got into a heated exchange with late-night host Seth Meyers.

During Tuesday night’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” the host asked about Omar’s controversial anti-Semitic comments, looking to see if “The View” co-host wanted to backtrack on her criticism — but, instead, McCain asked if he’s Omar’s “publicist.”

“I do think it’s fairly dangerous and you brought it up after Congresswoman Omar had some death threats against her,” Meyers said.

“Do you think, you know, she has obviously now stated that she needs to be more careful with her language, don’t you think other people who talk about her need to be more thoughtful as well?” he asked. “Or do you stand by those comments of tying her to this, her rhetoric to this synagogue shooting?”

Following the California Synagogue shooting on April 28, McCain brought up Omar and anti-Semitism during a segment on “The View” — to which the freshman congresswoman responded, “Oh, bless her heart!”

“I think that Democrats are hedging on this and I think it’s very dangerous,” McCain said.

“[…] Anti-Semitism is very common and I see it happening over there [in Europe] and I worry about it happening over here. I stand by everything that I’ve said and if that makes me unpopular in this room or in front of you, so be it.”

Meyers responded that the “weird thing that you would take the position of trying to be unpopular,” adding that he’s trying to “find common ground.”

That’s when the heat was turned up a notch.

“Were you bothered by her language on 9/11?” McCain asked — Omar referred to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks as “some people did something.”

See Omar’s past comments below:

Meyers told McCain he believes the controversial comments were “taken out of context,” which had McCain bluntly asking if he’d give the “same leverage” to President Donald Trump, noting there needs to be the “same credence.”

The late show host claimed the president was in “no position” to criticize Omar — the president tweeted a video of the 9/11 attacks along with the video of Omar’s comments and wrote, “WE WILL NEVER FORGET.”

“[…] You do keep bringing up the two tweets she apologized for and I think it’s a little unfair to her,” Meyers continued.

MCCAIN: Are you her publicist?

MEYERS: What?

MCCAIN: Are you her press person?

MEYERS: No. I’m just someone who cares about the fact that there’s someone out there who is in a minority, who has had death threats against her, and I think we should all use the same language that you’re asking her to be careful about her language. And I would ask that everyone to be careful about theirs.

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) is also a frequent critic of Omar’s 9/11 comments, recently calling out Democrats for “playing a team sport” in their non-condemnation of the congresswoman’s remarks, as IJR Red reported.

“The broader point that she was making is perfectly fine,” Crenshaw previously said during a CBS News interview aired Monday on her 9/11 comment. “[…] That doesn’t change the fact that you refer to 9/11 in a dismissive way, both in tone and in gesture, and in words, as ‘some people did something.'”

“It is not anybody else’s words that cause these things. It is her words. And you can’t lay that blame on anybody else,” he later added.

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Phyllis Softa
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Individuals who ONLY get their news from conservative outlets have an excuse for being unaware of the full comments of Rep Omar. Invoking voluntary ignorance of the facts is not something Meghan McCain can do. She heard the full tape of the speech during the View segment. In a society of the right to free speech, there are so many opportunities for one to be offended that it is silly to make something out of nothing. If Meghan wanted to go full R, she could have just shared her views on guns.

Meano
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Those aren’t death threats to Omar silly, they’re just some people saying some things.

Phyllis Softa
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IF they were not death threats, why are John Kless of S FL and Patrick Carlineo of NY, charged with the crime of making death threats against US Reps and Sen Booker?

Dwayne Chamberlain
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Omar is a cancer to America!

Phyllis Softa
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How so?

STEVEN
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We are a country built on Judeo-Christian beliefs. We allow all religions to exist and be practiced in our country. The problem with the majority of Muslims is that they do not want any other religion but theirs to exist. They use a minority status, which they are and should remain, to call people racists, homophobes, xenophobes and other bigoted names to hide behind their own racist beliefs. When you come to a country, you should embrace its values and assimilate with others of the country.

Phyllis Softa
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WHEN has Omar, or any other AMERICAN Muslim, voiced “they do not want any other religion but [Islam] to exist””? If Omar had voiced that, tweeted that, or even implied THAT, it would have set the media on fire. In America, you have the right to be “racist, homophobes, xenophobes and other bigoted names.” In America, everyone has the right to call out those who express beliefs that fit the categories you provided. That is how Freedom of Speech works.

General Confusion
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“We are a country built on Judeo-Christian beliefs.” STEVEN

BS! You are confused.

The Constitution merely recognizes “freedom of religion”; it doesn’t endorse Christianity — it doesn’t even mention it. These omissions present today’s Christian nationalists with a real awkwardness.

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