A viral video of comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is being criticized by the left and the media because it was unfairly edited, but the unedited version is arguably worse.
The edited video appears to show Omar advocating for increased surveillance on white males in the United States rather than Muslims because they are a greater threat.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was among those who shared the video, adding, “I am sure the media will now hound every Democrat to denounce this statement as racist. Right?”
“I would say that our country should be more fearful of white man [sic],” she says in the video, “across our country because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country.”
Here, the video is edited.
“We should be profiling, monitoring and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men,” she adds in the second clip.
Many criticized Rubio for posting an edited video that misrepresented her full remarks. In the unedited version, she adds the hypothetical “if fear were the driving force” to her statement.
“And so if fear was the driving force of policies to keep America safe, Americans safe inside of this country, we should be profiling, monitoring, and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men,” she says in the unedited version.
Here’s the unedited version:
However when the interviewer presses her about the real threat of Islamist violence in the next part of the unedited clip, Omar puts the blame on American foreign policy and U.S. national and regional leaders.
“But I mean, I think, like I said, the focus of our policies should be about keeping Americans safe, keeping us domestically safe, and and and where we actually find a solution is looking at our foreign policy,” she responded.
“Looking at how we engaging with these the members of these communities,” Omar concluded, “and and the kind of rhetoric that is being spewed out of leaders within our our city halls, within our state capitals, and within our nation’s capital.”
Here are other controversial Omar comments:
Omar says we should fear white men