- The Washington Times
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar lashed out at a CNN reporter on Capitol Hill Wednesday after he asked her to further explain a tweet that attacked President Trump.

In a report aired Wednesday night on “Erin Burnett OutFront,” senior Congressional correspondent Manu Raju was seen first approaching Mrs. Omar, Minnesota Democrat, to ask about Mr. Trump’s call for her to resign from Congress amid allegations of anti-Semitism.


“The president said that you should resign and the vice president said you should be held accountable for your views. Can you respond to that?” Mr. Raju asked the freshman congresswoman.

“No, thank you,” Mrs. Omar responded before retreating behind a door that read, “members and staff only.”

Mr. Raju later tried to ask the congresswoman to further explain her tweet earlier Wednesday that accused the president of “trafficking” in hate against “Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more.”

“This morning you said the president trafficked—” Mr. Raju began.

“Are you serious?” Mrs. Omar fired back. “What is wrong with you?”

“I’m asking you a question about your tweet,” Mr. Raju responded. “You had a tweet saying the president trafficked in hate.”

“Yes, I tweeted, and there’s a response,” Mrs. Omar said. “You can run that. Have a nice day.”

Mr. Raju explained the interaction on Twitter, saying Mrs. Omar spoke to him “angrily” and was “in no mood to talk about her controversies.”

Some of Mr. Raju’s colleagues criticized Mrs. Omar’s unusual reaction.

Mrs. Omar was forced by Democratic leaders to apologize Monday for spreading anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish money controlling U.S. politicians.

In her apology, she said she was “grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” but affirmed her stance against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

The Muslim lawmaker came under fire again Wednesday for her line of questioning to special Venezuela envoy Elliott Abrams, who is Jewish, after she accused him of being a liar.


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