Another Cringeworthy Performance From Rep. Omar, You Have To See It To Believe It
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) seems to want to steal the spotlight from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for bad behavior and gaffes.
And it’s not a good thing.
She completely lost it on a witness during a hearing today on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Committee many have asked that she step down from in the wake of her anti-Semitic comments.
That witness was U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams, who happens to be Jewish.
He was there to testify about Venezuela. But she didn’t want to hear about that.
She started questioning him, calling him “Mr. Adams” and it went downhill from there.
From Free Beacon:
Omar opened her questioning by calling Abrams “Mr. Adams” and recounting Abrams’ misdemeanor guilty pleas for withholding information from Congress over the Iran-Contra scandal while he worked in the Reagan administration. He was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush in 1992.
“I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful,” Omar said.
Abrams sought to respond, but Omar said it wasn’t a question as the two spoke over each other.
“It is not right that members of this committee can attack a witness who is not permitted to reply,” Abrams said.
Omar then moved onto another topic, still unrelated to Venezuela, but with the aim of attacking Abrams.
She asked if he thought that the El Mozote massacre perpetrated by the Salvadoran Army and did he think that U.S. policy in the country was a “fabulous achievement” as she claimed he once said.
“Yes or no. Do you still think so?” she asked.
“From the day that President [José] Duarte was elected in a free election to this day, El Salvador has been a democracy,” Abrams said. “That’s a fabulous achievement.”
“Yes or no. Do you think that massacre was a fabulous achievement that happened under our watch?” she asked.
“That is a ridiculous question, and—no!” Abrams said.
“I will that as a yes,” Omar said.
“I’m sorry, but I am not going to respond to that kind of personal attack, which is not a question,” Abrams said.
She finally got around to asking questions about Venezuela, which again were less questions than an attempts to attack Abrams.
Omar asked, “Would you support an armed faction within Venezuela that engages in war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide, if you believe they were serving U.S. interests, as you did in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua?”
Abrams called her out saying that wasn’t a question and refused to answer it.
Shen then queried, “Will you make sure that human rights are not violated and that we uphold international and human rights?”
Abrams responded that the whole policy on Venezuela was to “support the Venezuelan people’s effort to restore democracy to their country. That’s our policy.”
Omar shamefully has defended the Maduro regime, suggesting that the peoples’ movement against him is a “coup” by the United States. Meanwhile she seems not to care about the starvation of the Venezuelan people that has brought them out into the streets by the millions against Maduro.
Shameful to have someone on the Foreign Affairs Committee defending Maduro’s regime.
Unfortunately while she’s a member of Congress and serving on such a Committee: