Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has become a huge target for right-wingers, as a Muslim woman of color who is critical of Israel and traditional U.S. international relationships. In recent days, she has even received death threats.
Despite this, Fox News and other conservative media outlets are happily fanning the flames, latching onto her recent use of the phrase “some people” who “did something” to describe the 9/11 hijackers while explaining that most people of her faith do not support violence.
The latest Fox personality to do so is Jesse Watters, who went so far as to claim Omar is just bringing this on herself for the sake of being a victim.
“She doesn’t know how to read the room,” said Watters. “She is in Congress now. She is not back in her district in Minnesota with her radical friends.”
“What she does is, this is her M.O., she says dumb and controversial things, she gets called out for it, and then she plays the victim and plays the race card,” said Watters. “And it’s not a clever act, and it’s getting tired. And you know who’s probably the most tired of it? Nancy Pelosi.”
Jesse Watters just said @IlhanMN—who is on the receiving end of death threats—deliberately "says dumb and controversial things, she gets called out for it, and then she plays the victim and plays the race card." pic.twitter.com/1rQsVrqxef
— jordan (@JordanUhl) April 11, 2019
REVEALED: Far-right extremists are circulating plans to lock down Arizona streets if Trump is re-elected
On Saturday, The Arizona Republic reported that far-right paramilitary groups are circulating plans to lock down neighborhoods in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area in the event that President Donald Trump is re-elected, supposedly to police left-wing protesters.
"In Arizona, the head of the Prescott-area chapter of the Oath Keepers group, which recruits military and law enforcement officers, has warned residents to be prepared to protect their neighborhoods from feared extreme left-wing protesters who would be upset should President Donald Trump be re-elected," reported Richard Ruelas. "Part of that the pro-Trump group'splan involved closing streets and assigning monitors to control access, according to a planning document shared with The Republic."
Conservatives are hopping mad that their clumsy Hunter Biden smear is a flop
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
In 2016, Steve Bannon did an amazing job rolling out the Clinton Foundation nontroversy. He gave The New York Times and CNN early access to Peter Schweizer's book, Clinton Cash, and the outlets gave it mainstream credibility. Later, when the Uranium One story was thoroughly debunked, it didn't matter. The foundation remained under a pall of fuzzy suspicions.
GOP insiders give Pence little chance of ever being president after four years spent defending Trump: report
On Saturday, writing for The Washington Post, Ben Terris reported that many Republican consultants and insiders believe that Vice President Mike Pence's presidential ambitions are doomed, for several reasons.
"If you list the top 10 most likely people to have a strong shot at the nomination, maybe Mike Pence makes number nine or 10," said former Marco Rubio presidential campaign manager Terry Sullivan in the piece. "Maybe." Former Jeb Bush campaign spokesman Tim Miller agreed, saying, "I could maybe see him becoming the nominee, but president? I just don’t see it."