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
Trump’s racism is ‘disqualifying’ for him to remain as president: former White House lawyer
Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained on MSNBC on Thursday why he viewed President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four women of color in Congress as disqualifying.
Anchor Brian Williams read a quote from Susan Glasser of The New Yorker.
"Half of the country is appalled but not really sure how to combat him; the other half is cheering, or at least averting its gaze. This is what a political civil war looks like, with words, for now, as weapons," Glasser wrote.
Lawrence O’Donnell reports on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump
Anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump during Thursday evening's "The Last Word" on MSNBC.
"The House of Representatives conducted a symbolic vote on a hastily written impeachment resolution by Democratic Congressman Al Green in reaction to the president’s tweeted comments that the House of Representatives voted to condemn as racist," O'Donnell reported. "The impeachment resolution had nothing to do with the [Robert] Mueller investigation and referred only to the president being unfit for office because of the language that he has used recently about members of Congress and immigrants and asylum seekers."
Video proves how far the Trump’s GOP has gone from the era of Ronald Reagan and HW Bush
The immigration policies of Donald Trump’s presidency would have no room for his GOP predecessors Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush—who both embraced work visas, family unification, easy border crossings and a better relationship with Mexico.
That counterpoint can be seen in a very short video clip from the 1980 presidential election where Reagan and Bush—who became Reagan’s vice president for two terms before winning the presidency in 1988—were asked about immigration at a campaign debate in Texas. Their responses show just how far to the right the Republican Party’s current leader, President Trump, and voters who have not left the GOP to become self-described political independents, have moved on immigration.