Rep. Omar Blames Venezuela's Crisis on U.S. Sanctions; Bristles at Pence Assertion She 'Doesn't Know What She's Talking About'
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Last week in an appearance on PBS' "Democracy Now!," Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar blamed the United States and the Trump administration for the crisis in Venezuela, saying that "a lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela and we have sort of set the stage for where we are arriving today."
Rep. Omar continued: “This particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela, and it certainly does not help and is not in the interest of the United States."
Vice President Mike Pence later accused Rep. Omar of not knowing “what she's talking about," noting that blame for the crisis belongs to embattled President Nicolas Maduro.
"Nicolas Maduro is a socialist dictator who has taken what was one of the most prosperous nations in this hemisphere and brought it literally to a level of deprivation and oppression and poverty that we have never seen,” Pence said. “Nine out of 10 people in Venezuela live in poverty. Three million people have fled Venezuela. That's not a result of U.S. policies. That's the result of dictatorship and socialism that has been imposed on people of Venezuela by Nicolas Maduro."
Rep. Omar pushed back at Vice President Pence on Twitter and implied his comments were sexist and rooted in racism.
“Women of color have heard this before. Instead of ‘We disagree,’ it's ‘She doesn't know what she's talking about,’” Omar tweeted. “They have to make us feel small. This from an Administration that thinks climate change is a Chinese hoax.”
Women of color have heard this before. Instead of "we disagree," it's "she doesn't know what she's talking about." They have to make us feel small.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 3, 2019
This from an Administration that thinks climate change is a Chinese hoax. https://t.co/8ZaHfY4hfH
WIBC host Tony Katz set the record straight on Rep. Omar's comments Monday morning:
"[Rep. Omar] does NOT know what she's talking about; she made it up that the United States is somehow responsible for what's happening in Venezuela; it's simply untrue.
The minute she's actually challenged, she goes to 'Oh, it's because I'm a black woman.' Stop it. It's boring and it's trash.
Vice President Mike Pence is right. Now, will she have the character to acknowledge that, or will she continue to twist her thoughts around and continue to deceive herself into believing that Nicholas Maduro is somehow the good guy?
I'm just wondering when the moment will come when Rep. Ilhan Omar will be on the side of what's 'right,' because there is a clear delineation here between right and wrong."
Click the link below to hear Tony's full commentary: