Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) excused the many anti-Semitic comments spoken and tweeted by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-CA) as Omar having language issues. Omar, 37, is a Muslim refugee from Somalia who came to the U.S. in 1995 and became a citizen in 2000. Omar is a 2011 graduate of North Dakota State University with degrees in political science and international studies.
23 years ago, from a refugee camp in Kenya, my father and I arrived at an airport in Washington DC.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 2, 2019
Pelosi spoke about Omar at an event on Friday at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Video of her remarks was posted by the RNC.
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“…Uh, the incident that happened was, uh, I don’t think our colleague is anti-Semitic. I think she has a different experience in the use of words, doesn’t understand that some of them are fraught with meaning that she, what, didn’t realize. But none the less that we had to address…”
Pelosi waved her left arm and hand continuously as she explained away the highly educated Omar’s anti-Semitism as ignorance of the English language.