As reported by DailyMail
A day after her comments prompted a House vote condemning anti-Semitism, Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar landed herself in a new controversy by claiming a reporter misquoted her bashing former President Barack Obama – and then releasing audio of the interview that appears to back him up.
Omar, 37, told Politico Magazine that while she finds some of President Donald Trump’s initiatives objectionable, Obama escaped the consequences of his own ‘bad policies’ because of his ‘pretty face.’
After the news outlet quoted from the interview, Omar tweeted that the result was ‘[e]xhibit A of how reporters distort words. I’m an Obama fan!’
‘I was saying how Trump is different from Obama, and why we should focus on policy not politics. This is why I always tape my interviews,’ she added, along with a winking, tongue-out emoji and nearly two minutes of audio.
DailyMail.com reviewed and transcribed the recording, which supports what Politico reporter Tim Alberta wrote.
Alberta fired back at Omar in a tweet: ‘Exhibit A of how politicians use the media as a straw man to avoid owning what they said. Your tape…supports what I wrote 100%. So does my longer tape. It’s beyond dispute. Next time, a phone call from your office before the Twitter ambush would be appreciated.’
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) called out former President Barack Obama, comparing him to President Trump and saying ‘many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies’
Omar claimed Friday that the reporter who quoted her on Obama had distorted her words, and released a 2-minute audio clip from the interview – which indicated the journalist got it right
WHAT ILHAN OMAR SAID ABOUT TRUMP AND OBAMA
‘I think for many of us, we think of ourselves as Democrats. But many of the ways that our Democratic leaders have conducted themselves within the system is not one that we are all proud of.
‘You know, I will talk about the family separation or caging of kids and then people will point out that this was wrong – I mean this was Obama. And you know I’ll say something about the droning of countries around the world and people will say that was Obama. And all of that is very true. What is happening now is very different. A lot is happening with secrecy. It’s happening with the feel-good polished way of talking about it.
‘And when we talk about waking people up from complacency, it’s to say that we can’t be only upset with Trump because he’s not a politician who sells us his policies in the most perfect way. His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was.
‘And that’s not what we should be looking for anymore. We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile, so that we can understand the kind of negative impact, or positive impact, they will have on us for generations.’
The first-term Minnesota congresswoman bashed the Obama administration’s forceful use of military drone technology to try to take out terror networks, and likened Obama’s policy of separating migrant adults and children at the U.S.-Mexico border to Trump’s.
Obama’s aggressive aerial hunt for al-Qaeda and other terror groups drew criticism from the left, leading him to reel it in after misjudgments came to light.
Omar also implied Obama was a politician with a ‘pretty face’ that masked his bad policy choices, an attack that is at odds with public approval ratings that historically earn Obama support in the high fifties with even more backing among members of his own party.
‘We can’t be only upset with Trump … His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies,’ Politico quoted Omar saying.
‘They just were more polished than he was,’ Omar continued. ‘And that’s not what we should be looking for anymore. We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile,’ she said.