Dems Suggest Criticism of Omar Is Incitement to Violence: Shapiro, Ingraham, Tucker React
Ben Shapiro joined Laura Ingraham on "The Ingraham Angle" Monday to discuss accusations from the left that President Trump is inciting violence against Rep. Ilhan Omar.
Before Nancy, who has lost all control of Congress and is getting nothing done, decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar, she should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements Omar has made. She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
The president’s tweet came after Pelosi announced Sunday that she’d taken steps to ensure the safety of Omar, after the president tweeted a video that combined images of the 9/11 terror attacks with remarks by Omar.
The video showed the burning World Trade Center towers and Omar speaking last month at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), where she said the organization was founded because “some people did something” and Muslims “were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
Critics accused Omar of downplaying the terror attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.
Shapiro, a conservative commentator and editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire, noted that many on the left have claimed that Trump's criticism of the congresswoman is akin to inciting violence.
"I'm amused to watch the Democratic Party suggest that criticism and quoting of Ilhan Omar amounts to violent incitement, where Rep. Omar can say whatever Jew-hating thing she wants on a daily basis and that's not incitement," Shapiro said.
"It's not incitement in either case, but to pretend that it is incitement when it's stuff you don't like and it's not incitement when it's stuff that you do seems pretty irresponsible at the mildest."
Shapiro said he was not surprised by Omar's remarks about 9/11, saying she has "a long history of not taking terrorism particularly seriously." He pointed to a 2013 video in which Omar joked about people saying "Al Qaeda" and "Hezbollah" in a severe tone, noting nobody says "America" or "England" in the same way.
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) April 11, 2019
Shapiro noted that Omar also wrote a letter in 2016 to a judge to ask for leniency toward a group of Minnesota men accused of trying to join the Islamic State terror group.
Earlier, Tucker Carlson said the left wants its opponents to believe their opinions are hate speech and inciting violence, while they warn of a hate crime "epidemic" in the country since the election of Donald Trump.
"If we let them redefine speech as violence, then the First Amendment has no meaning. They can tell you what to say and when to say it," he said.