January 23, 2019

I’M GLAD THESE KIDS ARE PUSHING BACK ON THE LIES AND HATRED: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) quietly deletes inaccurate attack on students from Covington Catholic.

The only thing worse than a malicious lie is the people who try to keep it alive even after it has been thoroughly discredited.

And that’s exactly what Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., did Tuesday evening when she repeated a series of disproven allegations leveled against a group of Covington Catholic High School students who attended the March for Life last week. They were falsely accused this weekend of “mobbing” Nathan Phillips, a Native American protester — footage of the incident shows otherwise.

“The boys were protesting a woman’s right to choose & yelled ‘it’s not rape if you enjoy it,’” the congresswoman said in a since-deleted tweet.

Her comments were made specifically in response to President Trump, who also tweeted Tuesday in reference to the March for Life incident that “the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be. They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good – maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!”

Rep. Omar’s tweet also claimed, falsely, that the Covington students “were taunting 5 Black men before they surrounded Phillips and led racist chants.”

Her note concluded with a reference to Nick Sandmann, the most visible student from the March for Life incident, claiming the teen’s “family hired a right wing PR firm to write his non-apology” for his interview this week with NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie.

It’s rare when someone manages to get this much wrong in such little space with so few words, but Omar has so far shown a special talent for this sort of thing. Let’s work through her baseless accusations, misleading statements, and outright falsehoods one by one.

Remember, these are the people who lecture us on decency.