Pelosi says she plans to ‘speak to’ Omar about 9/11 comments

April 13, 2019

Pelosi says she plans to ‘speak to’ Omar about 9/11 comments Image Source: Video Screenshot

Is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) finally going to rein in Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)? Was the freshman congresswoman’s trivialization of 9/11 the final straw?

Maybe. Pelosi pledged on Friday to talk with Omar about her latest incendiary remarks

Calling Omar In, Before Out

For the first time, Pelosi addressed the latest Omar controversy yesterday when questioned by reporters at the end of the Democratic Caucus meeting. She stated that she has been unable to get in touch with Omar, but not for lack of effort.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to speak with her,” said Pelosi. “We tried to reach her, she was in transit.”

The purpose of that conversation, Pelosi added, would be “to see the nature of her [Omar’s] comment.”

“As is my custom with my colleagues, I call them in before I call them out,” she said. “I’ll have some comment after I do speak to her.”

The Hill on Twitter

Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “I haven’t had the opportunity to speak with [Rep. Ilhan Omar] to see the nature of her comment and, as is my custom with my colleagues, I call them in before I call them out so I’ll look forward to hearing from her.” https://t.co/5A6Zo9n6KJ

More Controversy from Omar

This past week has seen another Omar-caused backlash. This one stems from a video that recently surfaced of the freshman congresswoman appearing to downplay the September 11 terrorist attacks while speaking at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) fundraiser last month.

“Some people did something,” were the words she chose to describe the tragic event that cost nearly 3,000 innocent Americans their lives.

If that wasn’t bad enough, things got worse for Omar when she attempted to defend herself on Twitter, suggesting that, although President George W. Bush made a similar statement when he referred to the World Trade Towers as “buildings,” he was not condemned because he was not Muslim.

“Was Bush downplaying the terrorist attack?” she tweeted. “What if he was a Muslim?” Of course, Bush was issuing a threat against the terrorists responsible for 9/11 — not downplaying the attack.

https://twitter.com/IlhanMN/status/1116683819476750337?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1116683819476750337&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonexaminer.com%2Fnews%2Fomar-cites-george-w-bush-ground-zero-bullhorn-speech-in-latest-twitter-spat

Omar has been joined in this defense by colleagues Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). But all they have managed to do is add more fuel to the fire.

Time for some leadership

With the situation spiraling out of control, Pelosi, as a party leader, seems to have decided that it is time to step in. But her handling of past controversies leaves much doubt about her ability to calm things down.

Last time around, it was Omar’s repeated anti-Semitic comments which drew so much criticism that House Democrats decided a resolution was necessary to formally condemn her. But, we all know how that turned out — after another defense from Ocasio-Cortez and company, the resolution was watered-down to an all-encompassing anti-hate document.

Pelosi herself even ended up defending Omar, claiming that the freshman congresswoman didn’t understand “the full weight of her words.”

How Pelosi handles this situation will be a good indicator of who is really leading the Democratic party.

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Robert Ayers

Robert Ayers is a writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and a JD from the University of Connecticut.