Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American woman elected to Congress, in a Thursday appearance on CNN defended her claim on Twitter that South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s “360° turnaround” on President Donald Trump showed that Graham is “compromised” in some way.
“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,” Omar said. “All of a sudden he has made not only 180° turn around, but a 360° turn around.”
“He is somehow compromised to no longer stand up for the truth and to make sure that he is fighting to protect the oath that he took in serving the American people,” the congresswoman from Minnesota said, claiming that Graham’s flip-flop was likely rooted in funding, political polling, or coming from Senate leadership.
Challenged by hosts Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow to provide evidence for her opinion, Omar smiled.
“My tweet was just an opinion based on what I believe to be visible to me,” she said. “And I’m pretty sure there are lots of Americans who agree on this.”
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