Republicans mock Ilhan Omar for saying Iran war talk sparked PTSD




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  • 2020-01-09 18:23:21Z
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Republicans mock Ilhan Omar for saying Iran war talk sparked PTSD
Republicans mock Ilhan Omar for saying Iran war talk sparked PTSD  

WASHINGTON - Rep. Ilhan Omar responded to critics who attacked her for her assertion the talk of a potential war with Iran caused her to experience post-traumatic stress disorder.

Omar made the PTSD comment Wednesday during a news conference with fellow members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus calling for Congress to stop President Donald Trump from taking action that could lead to open conflict with Iran.

"I feel ill a little bit because of everything that is taking place and I think every time I hear conversations around war, I find myself being stricken with PTSD," Omar said.

Critics mocked and derided Omar's remark on social media.

"This is a disgrace and offensive to our nation's veterans who really do have PTSD after putting their life on the line to keep America safe," tweeted Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind.

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"Call the medic!," tweeted Fox News host Laura Ingraham. "@IlhanMN says she feels 'ill a little bit' with all this talk of conflict with Iran. Well, I'm sure her dismissive talk of al Qaeda and 9/11 made a lot of Americans feel way more ill (and angry)."

"Hi Jim," Omar wrote in response to Banks. "I survived war as a child and deal with post-traumatic stress disorder - much like many who have served or lived through war. It's shameful that you as a member of Congress would erase the PTSD of survivors."

Omar also retweeted a post from the anti-Trump veterans group Common Defense in response to Banks.

"This is a tremendously ignorant thing to say. Veterans like us know that people wearing uniforms aren't the only ones impacted by war. @Ilhan is a refugee. We stand with her against hawkish elites like you," the group said.

Omar did not directly address Ingraham's attack, but retweeted two House members who did.

"8 yrs old. That's how old @IlhanMN was when she fled for her life as her home was decimated by war," Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.,, told Ingraham. "I know you think war's a for profit video game @IngrahamAngle but you'd be wise to take a seat and take your cues from folks like Ilhan who actually know what they're talking about."

"This is despicable. Have you ever been forced to live and suffer through a war before your 10th birthday," Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., asked Ingraham. "Neither you or I can understand the trauma @IlhanMN has faced, so it's best for you to stick to what you know: Trump & racism."

Banks and Ingraham were unpersuaded, however. Both posted tweets accusing Omar of disrespecting U.S. service members because she appeared to share a joke with Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., when Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, discussed American casualties in Iraq.

"You can't change the subject," Banks tweeted back at Omar.

"Your words and actions at today's press conference reveal your feelings toward our soldiers serving abroad and the video speaks for itself," Banks said. His tweet shared a post from Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., who shared a clip from the news conference and accused Omar of "making light of American lives lost overseas."

"Our brave men and women in uniform deserve our utmost respect and applause for their service and sacrifice - not mockery and laughter," Hice said.

Several right-wing websites posted stories accusing Omar of laughing during a discussion of U.S. casualties Trump's 2020 campaign secretary Kayleigh McEnany also tore into Omar for her laugher.

"How low will Ilhan Omar go? Watch her giggle and joke as Rep. Lee talks about American troops who lost their lives in Iraq," McEnany said.

Omar's defenders pointed out that her conversation with Tlaib began before Jackson Lee mentioned casualties.

"Both you & Hice are pathetically dishonest frauds trying to use mention of the troops to score cheap political points," tweeted Omar Baddar, the deputy director of the Arab American Institute, in response to Banks. "She clearly didn't mock the troops, her side convo started before they were mentioned. You, on the other hand, did trivialize the pain of war survivors. Shame!"

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ilhan Omar claim that Iran war talk sparked PTSD is mocked and derided

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