Pence Doubles Down on Slamming Omar for US-Venezuela Remark: ‘Doesn’t Know What She Is Talking About’

Vice President Mike Pence isn’t letting freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) run free on her comments casting some of the blame of “devastation” in Venezuela on the U.S.

The Democratic congresswoman sparked outrage after she said during an interview this week that the United States “helped lead the devastation” as Venezuela saw protests this past week amid the political tensions.

Omar said the U.S. “sort of set the stage for where we’re arriving today,” before saying it was “bullying” by the U.S. to “eventually intervene and make regime change” to dictator Nicolás Maduro’s regime “does not help people in countries like Venezuela.”

Pence initially felt called to answer to the congresswoman who “chooses socialism over freedom” while reiterating the U.S. is standing with the people of Venezuela.

The vice president doubled down on why he felt “compelled” to respond to Omar’s U.S.-Venezuela comments.

He told Fox News in an exclusive interview aired on Friday that it’s “because the congresswoman doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”

Pence continued:

“Nicolás Maduro is a socialist dictator who has taken what was once one of the most prosperous nations in this hemisphere and brought it literally to a level of deprivation and oppression and poverty that we have never seen. […] That’s not a result of U.S. policies. That’s a result of dictatorship and socialism that’s been imposed on the people of Venezuela by Nicolás Maduro.”

Pence declared that “the United States is not going to stand ideally by while the people of Venezuela suffer under oppression and dictatorship and socialism.”

President Donald Trump has made it clear that the U.S. recognizes interim president Juan Guaidó as the leader of Venezuela — while Maduro refuses to give up power.

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Pence wasn’t the only one swiping back at Omar, as IJR Red reported, several conservatives reacted as well.

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Omar for being “so far from the truth.”

In an exclusive Fox News interview aired on Friday, the president said there are “lots of options” on addressing the Venezuela crisis, and in regards to military intervention, “there’s always a tipping point but certainly I’d rather not do that.”

“I just want to help the people,” Trump said.


  1. Omar’s disdain for America is obvious and can be corrected quickly by her moving back to Somali. Instead of supporting the U.S., she continually criticizes and degrades the Nation which welcomed her as a refugee from a war torn Country, provided her with an opportunity to be educated, a good job and a good life. Rather than show an ounce of appreciation for any of it, she resorts to damning the Nation and it’s people.

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