• Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

‘Stop Saying Ridiculous Things’: Protesters Heckle Rep. Ilhan Omar At Townhall‘Stop Saying Ridiculous Things’: Protesters Heckle Rep. Ilhan Omar At Townhall

The protesters called her a ‘warmonger’ for sending funds to Ukraine

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, the foreign terrorist among us, took to Twitter to defend herself against “dangerous propagandists” who attempted to crash one of her town halls on Thursday. During the event, people in the crowd called her a “warmonger” over her continued support for Ukraine.

Omar addressed the protesters during the event and again on Twitter, where she defended sending money to Ukraine as it battles against Russian forces.

“I am sorry, you all aren’t ‘anti-war protesters,’ you are dangerous propagandists who are literally making a mockery of the anti-war movement,” she wrote in a pair of tweets.

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 29: Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, speaks during a press conference held to celebrate U.S. President Joe Biden cancelling student debt on Capitol Hill on September 29, 2022 in Washington, DC.  (Jemal Countess/Getty Images for We, The 45 Million)

She added: “I have never had the pleasure of responding to [Russia’s] ridiculous internet disinformation in person before. Thank you for the opportunity”

Omar stated that the money sent to Ukraine by Congress is only for their defense, not to be confused with promoting war. Critics have a contrasting view, believing this pushes the U.S and globe one step closer to nuclear warfare.

“I am amazed at the nerve that some people have to not be upset with the country literally waging war, but at the country defending itself and those helping them do that,” the Minnesota Democrat added.

And: “I was even told by one of these people tonight, ‘it’s America that started the Russia war,’ seriously wtf.”

Since Russia first invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, Congress has approved multiple funding packages totaling billions of dollars to help the country.
KHERSON OBLAST, UKRAINE – OCTOBER 27: A worker collects wood and roofing materials in a destroyed home in the recently retaken village of Velyka Oleksandrivka in Kherson, Ukraine on October 27, 2022 as Russia-Ukraine war continues. (Wolfgang Schwan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

In March, it appeared that Omar was hesitant about the “repercussions” of sending military aid, weapons, and missile defense systems to Ukraine because it would lead to an “unpredictable and likely disastrous” end.

“The consequences of flooding Ukraine with a billion dollars in [American] weapons, likely not limited to just military-specific equipment but also including small arms + ammo, are unpredictable & likely disastrous,” she tweeted on March 8. “[Especially] when they are given to paramilitary groups without accountability.”

In a follow-up tweet, she said that Ukraine has the right to defend itself.

“I support giving Ukraine the resources it needs to defend its people, I just have legitimate concerns about the size and scope,” Omar added.

One month ago, when the Ukraine Defense Bill was first proposed, she rejected it. At that time, she had said that the funds given to Ukraine in this bill would only serve to “escalate the conflict without deterring it effectively.”

“With a very soft trigger, it vaults Ukraine overnight into the third highest recipient of U.S. security assistance and weapons sales in the world,” she wrote in Feb. “The consequences of flooding Ukraine with half a billion dollars in American weapons, likely not limited to just military-specific equipment but also including small arms and ammo, are unpredictable and like disastrous.”

She added: “It is very likely that what will actually be in front of us for a vote will include some of these drastic and dangerous arms sales and sanctions implemented immediately, removing any possibility of deterrent and giving away crucial leverage our diplomats should be used to secure a peaceful resolution. Instead of spending $500 million on weapons, we should be centering civilian needs with refugee and humanitarian assistance.”

“When the United States says it champions human rights, democracy, and peace, we should mean it,” Omar concluded the letter. “I am committed to doing everything I can to support diplomacy and peace on behalf of my constituents, especially Ukrainian Americans and those with families in Ukraine, but I cannot in good conscience support a bill that places militarism and economic warfare over the urgent needs of both Ukrainian and Russian civilians. For those reasons, I plan to vote NO on the Ukraine defense package.”

More recently, on Oct. 24, Omar co-signed a letter to President Joe Biden applauding his “commitment to Ukraine’s legitimate struggle against Russia’s war of aggression.” In the letter, she called for an end to the war.

Some elected officials from both major political parties have expressed anxiety about approving financial assistance to Ukraine for defense purposes without a comprehensive strategy to conclude the hostilities.

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