In April of 2019, conservatives widely shared a video of Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) allegedly disrespecting the victims of 9/11. The shared clip, however, was edited and did not show Omar’s speech in full context.
The Minnesota Congresswoman has remained a target for Republicans. On Sunday afternoon, Senior Trump Campaign Adviser, Katrina Pierson, sent out what she claimed was a video of Israel being attacked and asking for Omar’s response. The video, however, was from Ukraine in 2015.
Pierson tweeted the video, writing, “650 Rockets being fired into Israel from Gaza in an attempt to overwhelm Israels Iron Dome: 173 intercepts, 4 people killed, and 28 wounded. What is @IlhanMN response to this violence? Will she condemn it?”
650 Rockets being fired into Israel from Gaza in an attempt to overwhelm Israels Iron Dome: 173 intercepts, 4 people killed, and 28 wounded. What is @IlhanMN response to this violence? Will she condemn it? pic.twitter.com/Vb1Ymxygj6
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) May 5, 2019
Condemnation of Pierson’s use of the video came quickly. Political Analyst, Leah McIlrath, wrote, “A senior Trump adviser has a video of Ukrainian missiles posted as her pinned tweet, claiming it’s from Gaza and using it to target Representative Ilhan Omar for harassment.”
Multiple users continued to point out that the video being used was not accurate. As of now, despite the corrections, Pierson has not deleted the tweet from her claims.
Ilhan Omar has been the target of multiple death threats since taking office early this year. In early April a New York man was arrested for making threats to Omar’s Minnesota office. Later in the month, a Florida man was arrested for threats against Omar and other liberal politicians.
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