Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is getting slammed on social media for attacking the Covington Catholic students Tuesday night, even after media outlets admitted to misreporting the viral encounter between the students and the Native American elder.
Omar claimed in a now-deleted tweet Tuesday night that Covington student Nick Sandmann and his friends had taunted black protesters and yelled racist epithets at the men before Native American activist Nathan Phillips approached them, even though video evidence of the encounter showed the black protesters hurling insults at the boys.
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) January 23, 2019
In Omar’s version of history, the Covington students said, “It’s not rape if you enjoy it.” While someone did film a person saying that phrase in D.C. that day, the person caught on tape was not a student from Covington Catholic.
She also claimed: “They were taunting five black men before they surrounded Phillips and led racist chants.” All three of these claims are false. Phillips approached the boys, not vice-versa, and before he did so, members of the Black Hebrew Israelites religious sect were verbally harassing the boys and were, in fact, the individuals shouting racial slurs.
Omar received heavy backlash for her tweet, with many calling the Democrat Muslim congresswoman “a liar”:
You’re a liar.
Hebrew Israelites to students:
– “child-molesting f*ggots”
– “dirty a** crackers”
– “dusty a** crackers
– “racist bastards” (same people calling students dirty crackers )
– Oh, and they called other black people ‘n***ers’
Honestly, how are you this shameless?
— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) January 23, 2019
Hi @IlhanMN here’s a fact-check:
• The 1 boy who said that was not with the Covington Catholic group
• The 5 Black men called the boys f*ggots, crackers, racially taunted a Black boy, the boys didn’t retaliate
• Show us one racist chant on video from the boys, there isn’t one
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) January 23, 2019
The “5 Black men” were members of the Black Israelites hate group & they were hurling vile bigoted insults at the kids from Covington Catholic High School — calling them “cracker” “faggot” “pedophile” & even calling the black students “n-ggers.” Are you seriously defending this? https://t.co/VoBmdxnd3J
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) January 23, 2019
Have our real time fact-checkers corrected this yet? https://t.co/41chLEV9hN
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) January 23, 2019
This marks the second time in the span of a single week that Omar has spread false and defamatory claims. On January 16, she suggested without evidence that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is “compromised” or blackmailed into supporting President Trump — a far-left conspiracy theory full of homophobic overtones. CNN brought Omar on air to gently admonish her — thus spreading the attack on Graham without labeling it a falsehood.
The viral video behind this current controversy gained traction over the weekend showed a group of young boys from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky standing in front of Phillips. One of the students, Nick Sandmann, stood in front of Phillips while he beat his drum and approached the students singing a school chant.
Many media outlets and media personalities rushed to condemn the boys, claiming they were the ones taunting and harassing Phillips.
Further video evidence revealed that Phillips approached the boys with his drum while the boys had been singing a school chant on the steps, and a separate group of protesters had been taunting and insulting the boys before and after their encounter with Phillips.
President Trump defended the students in a Sunday tweet, stating that they were treated “unfairly” by the media who quickly judged the students without looking at the additional video evidence.
Looking like Nick Sandman & Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly with early judgements proving out to be false – smeared by media. Not good, but making big comeback! “New footage shows that media was wrong about teen’s encounter with Native American” @TuckerCarlson
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2019
Many pundits deleted their tweets condemning the students after seeing the video. But not everyone has deleted their tweets in light of the facts laid out in the video.
Ps. The reply from the school was pathetic and impotent. Name these kids. I want NAMES. Shame them. If you think these fuckers wouldn’t dox you in a heartbeat, think again. https://t.co/IS80wiaQ7v
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) January 20, 2019
As of Wednesday, she has not deleted or rescinded her statement.