Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) completely crumbled when CNN hosts asked her to clarify some comments she made about Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
Omar posted a tweet claiming that Graham had been “compromised” because he changed his outlook on President Donald Trump after a contentious primary.
They got to him, he is compromised! https://t.co/m8sB3EmElg
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 16, 2019
Many people, from both sides of the aisle, questioned Omar’s use of the term “compromised.” Some believed this was a homophobic jab alluding to Graham’s sexuality. Others were just surprised that a congresswoman seemed to be pedaling conspiracy theories.
Breathtaking bigotry, homophobia from a member of Congress. It's not funny, and puzzling why Dems get away with outdated stereotypes and dumb conspiracy theories like this. https://t.co/5PePckchHG
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) January 17, 2019
Oh sweet! Conspiracy theories from a Congresswoman… EXACTLY what America needs. https://t.co/1ypMoNnKMx
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) January 17, 2019
During an interview with CNN Thursday morning, host Jim Sciutto pushed Omar on her comments and asked for an explanation.
Rep. Omar: "Lots of Americans" agree with me that Trump is blackmailing Sen. Graham over his homosexuality pic.twitter.com/xPMAUHSLYE
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 17, 2019
“Over the last three years, we have seen many times where Senator Lindsey Graham has told us how dangerous this president could be if he was given the opportunity to be in the White House. All of the sudden he’s made not only a 180 turnaround but a 360 turnaround. I am pretty sure there is something happening with him whether it is something that has to do with his funding when it comes to running for office… he is somehow compromised.”
Omar’s confusing description of a circle didn’t cut it for Sciutto. He pressed her to provide evidence of a compromise, saying, “That’s quite a charge to make. You say you’re pretty sure, based on what evidence?”
“The evidence really is present to us. It’s being presented to us in the way that he’s behaving,” Omar rambled.
CNN host Poppy Harlow called Omar out, saying, “That’s not evidence. That’s your opinion.”
After the pressure from Harlow, Omar folded, saying, “My tweet was just an opinion based on what I believe to be visible to me and I’m pretty sure there are lots of Americans who agree on this.”
Many on Twitter couldn’t believe how poorly the interview went for Omar and took to Twitter to roast her.
a sitting member of congress publicly theorizing, with ZERO basis, that senator lindsay graham is secretly gay and trump is blackmailing him for being gay. watch this video and tell me she doesn't sound like a kook. https://t.co/lIKLXWlntb
— Pardes Seleh (@PardesSeleh) January 17, 2019
This is like if Alex Jones were a sitting member of Congress. https://t.co/xr4CNGgxtI
— Kelsey Harkness (@kelseyjharkness) January 17, 2019
Reprehensible and profoundly stupid https://t.co/56PY0eJwTD
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) January 17, 2019
Omar took office in January. She is one of the first Muslim women to hold a seat in Congress, which, as IJR Blue reported, was a long journey from her arrival in the United States as a Somali refugee 23 years ago.