The vide0 of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) glib comments to CAIR about what happened on 9/11 (“some people did something”) spliced together with images from that day that President Trump’s official account tweeted — stirring up a two days worth of hysterics from Democrats that the video was inciting violence and Omar’s life was in danger — has been unpinned from the top of his twitter feed.
It’s unclear if that happened because Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) demanded Sunday it be removed or if the Speaker simply capitalized on its unpinning, but Pelosi has officially declared it must be taken down to ensure Omar’s safety.
Pelosi, who was traveling in London, issued a statement saying she had spoken with congressional authorities after Trump’s tweet “to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff.”
“They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces,” the speaker said. She called on Trump to discourage such behavior.
“The President’s words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger,” Pelosi also said. “President Trump must take down his disrespectful and dangerous video.”
As streiff wrote earlier today, it’s rather remarkable Democrats would defend Omar since the Congresswoman’s own rhetoric hasn’t done their party any favors (and she doesn’t seem to care much, frankly).
But they’re doing so much more than simply defending her: they’re willing to look utterly foolish in order to do it. Especially when considering Democrats, and those identifying as Democrats, have spewed so much hate since roughly the summer of 2016 that a member was shot and almost killed on a baseball field and there didn’t seem to be nearly as much hand-wringing over inciting violence. Here’s a handy video detailing some of that rhetoric.
There seems to be a lot of discussion today about what “inciting violence” actually looks like. Allow @kathygriffin, @RepMaxineWaters, @SnoopDogg, @Madonna, Johnny Depp & a bunch of other Democrats demonstrate… pic.twitter.com/FMDd29Tl6D
— Cliff Sims (@Cliff_Sims) April 13, 2019
As for Omar herself, she and Kathy Griffin (of the detestable photo above that we should also never forget), apparently share a victim playbook. Which is to say, when they say something absurd or flippant or ridiculous or hateful and get called on it, they immediately blame the person checking them for putting them in danger. There’s a real lack of personal responsibility in that kind of behavior. And a real lack of character.
Kathy Griffin retweets people claiming that Trump should be banned from Twitter and that he is inciting violence
Griffin then gets called out over her beheading video of Trump and responds by calling the person insane and claims the person is ignorant about the First Amendment pic.twitter.com/4ry06pa4oR
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 13, 2019
There’s nothing rational or logical to hang onto here — Kathy lecturing on the 1st Amendment while Pelosi demands Trump remove a Tweet — and it’s getting to the point that Omar, Griffin, AOC etc. may just need to be ignored if they can’t come to the table and behave themselves as though they have some self-awareness and empathy. Because, as Southerners say of paying attention to people that make no sense, that way lies crazy.