Omar Tries to Walk Back Her Criticism of Obama After Backlash With Tape of Her Comments — It Backfires

Fresh off another scandal over comments that were deemed by many as anti-Semitic, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is taking more heat after she tried and failed on Friday to correct a reporter’s coverage of remarks she made that were critical of former President Barack Obama.

In an interview with Politico, the freshman congresswoman knocked the Obama administration for its own practice of holding immigrant children in detention centers and for increased drone strikes “around the world.”

According to Politico, she continued by explaining how the former president “operated within the same fundamentally broken framework as his Republican successor”:

“We can’t be only upset with Trump. … His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was. And that’s not what we should be looking for anymore. We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile.”

After the article was published, Omar’s comments didn’t sit well with some on the left, as ABC News noted:

She then lashed out on Twitter, writing in a since-deleted tweet, “Exhibit A of how reporters distort words. I’m an Obama fan! I was saying how Trump is different from Obama, and why we should focus on policy not politics. This is why I always tape my interviews.”

Unfortunately for her, the recording of the interview only appeared to confirm Politico’s reporting.

“You know, I will talk about the family separation or caging of kids, and then people will point out that this was wrong – I mean, this was Obama. And, you know, I’ll say something about the droning of countries around the world, and people will say that was Obama. And all of that is very true,” she can be heard saying in the tape.

Omar can then be heard repeating the exact quote Politico reported. Following her tweet, Politico reporter Tim Alberta defended his work.

“Exhibit A of how politicians use the media as a straw man to avoid owning what they said,” he tweeted. “Your tape…supports what I wrote 100%. So does my longer tape. It’s beyond dispute. Next time, a phone call from your office before the Twitter ambush would be appreciated.”

Alberta wasn’t the only person to call Omar out:

It appears Omar may have realized her move had backfired, as her tweet criticizing Alberta is no longer live.


  1. Wow. She’s tongued the 3rd rail of criticizing the Lightbringer™.

    Apparently the Young Turks of the Dim party aren’t just moving the conversation hard -Left, their defying the existing cults of personality (because aclual accomplishments or worth are moot in the land of participation trophies).

    1. LOL. You’ve got her fingured out. Any more of that blasphlegmy stuff from her and Barry’s wife will retort in Barry’s stead with her own charming silverback smile and the Omar thingy with cloven hooves will be eaten, her cud chewed so it’s constitutional Koranically and Biblically (Leviticus); Omar’s gonna be Muslim toast, tamed buttered and rolled in flour and ready to march for the Mossad

      1. Your colorful allusions aside, Opportunistic-Commie is hardly a silverback. She’s loud, stupid, and young. Also not male. She’s more of a “beta” magnet.

        It says a lot of the current Dim state that such a stupid, loud, Commie has captured the party’s attention. She’s even got a bitch-fight going with Pelosi.

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