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Ilhan Omar Jumps On The Convington Kids Smear Bandwagon Three Days Late

Molly Prince on January 23, 2019

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar continued to promulgate a debunked narrative on Tuesday by misrepresenting an incident between Catholic high school boys, black supremacists and American Indian activists.

Students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky were attending a school-sponsored trip to the March for Life on Friday when they were taunted by a group of self-described Black Hebrew Israelites, who were protesting and taking videos. After the Black Hebrew Israelites began jeering a nearby group of Native Americans who were gathered for the Indigenous Peoples March, a confrontation ensued between the three groups.

A short video quickly went viral showing the boys laughing and chanting around the small group of Native American protesters. The boys, who were wearing Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats, were quickly dubbed the “MAGA hat kids” and the incident was characterized as a racially motivated attack.

Native American activist Nathan Phillips repeatedly misrepresented several facts about a viral incident, however, the news media largely ran with his story.

A longer video was released that corroborated the students’ accounts of events and debunked Phillips’ statements. Regardless, Omar continued to promote the false narrative three days after it was debunked.

Omar tweeted on Tuesday evening that the Convington students were “taunting 5 Black men before they surrounded Phillips and led racist chants.” The five black men the Minnesota congresswoman was referring to were members of Black Hebrew Israelites, an organization designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a “black supremacist groups on the extremist fringe.”

The full video shows that while the Black Hebrew Israelites criticized the students’ “racist” MAGA hats and referred to them with derogatory terms such as “crackers” and “incest children,” the students did not engage in the confrontation. Rather, they chanted the Covington Catholic spirit cheer to drown out the vulgar shouts.

Omar seemingly took umbrage with the students’ decision to participate in the March for Life by pointing out that the students were “protesting a woman’s right to choose,” and she accused them of yelling, “It’s not rape if you enjoy it,” a claim which has yet to be verified.

While Omar has been in office for less than a month, she has been surrounded by numerous controversies. The freshman congresswoman defended anti-Semitic statements, such as ones invoking Allah to expose Israel’s “evil doings” and she has come out in favor of the boycott and divestment from the state of Israel. She also claimed Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was “compromised” without providing any evidence.

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  • Nick Sandmann; Was NOT SMIRKING! He had an undisturbed, peaceful, and calming smile on his face which SHOULD have told rabble-rousing Phillips he was NOT a THREAT and he should calm himself down! AND; stop intimidating students, as well as his other rabid entitlement seekers who were WITH him!

    • And; HATES America! Like ALL people with her ideology does! While MILKING every Country Cow available to feed their depraved hungers! Surrepticiously, illegally, or however they can get it! Biding their time until TOLD by their creators and teachers when to strike! And they WILL, if wiggling and slithering into our Government takes too much time! They will fulfill what the Puppet didn't accomplish for them!

  • How stupid is Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar? How stupid are the people of Minnesota who also elected the woman abusing DNC con artist - Keith Ellison - as their Attorney General???

  • What a stupid -itch! I think only legal citizens should be aloud to be in our Congress.I work in an office that have some of them in it, and I feel for who has to clean the restroom after them, they flush paper towels down the toilet and plug the sewer lines. It is a real mess.

  • The Muzzy skank should NOT even be in this country, much less in Congress.
    Minnee-So-Tah, for letting so many of those specimens be smeared there, is now an unfenced, open air insane asylum.

    • She's also the one who married her own brother. Incest is still a crime in this country - but apparently the people of Minnesota must be suffering from some kind of statewide "brain freeze".

  • IF there are any honest people in the media out there, the ones that are not in the tank for any political party need to stand up and shout out their dishonest collegues. This country WILL fail and fall unless we have honest media -- which we obviously do not. .

  • steve king is sanctioned in the senate for far less hateful comments and this woman just keeps on rolling along with nasty comment one after the other. hypocrisy at its finest.

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