After President Trump assassinated the Iranian commander, Iran launched retaliation attacks on United States troops. Bombs were launched across the border into Iraq and forced troops to scatter and hide in bunkers and other shelters. The land was bombarded and left scattered with shards of blackened metal and razor-sharp shrapnel all over the place – but it was apparently funny to a pair of politicians.
Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were caught laughing during an address about the United States causalities in Iraq. The pair were caught on camera laughing while fellow Representative Sheila Jackson Lee spoke to the gathered crowd about the damage that Iran did following Trump’s unprovoked attack.
Viewers were shocked to see Omar and Tlaib giggling in the background as Lee spoke about the serious issue. Some people challenged the congresswomen and demanded to know that if they still stood by their oath to protect Americans and represent the United States and their voters on the issues that matter. And life or death issues like the ones President Trump caused in the Middle East should be at the top of the list.
While Omar and Tlaib were caught laughing, Representative Lee said:
“I’m very glad to say that I was part of the 132 and also the vote for Barbara Lee’s amendment, but I think that the point of that is that that is the same war that we’re dealing with today. We never solved any problems with AUMF. We left 4,000-plus, maybe even 4,400 dead, and over 60,000 who came back injured in some form, and the war never ended.”
This is the point when Omar appears to laugh out loud. She then turns to Tlaib, who gladly joins her in laughter. While it is unclear what they are laughing about – it is in no way the content of Lee’s speech – the timing of their laughter could not be worse for their image.
When people saw the pair laughing during this address, they bombarded them with criticisms on Twitter and other social media platforms.
For example, voter Kayleigh McEnany tweeted: “How low will Ilhan Omar go? Watch her giggle and joke as Rep. Lee talks about American troops who lost their lives in Iraq. Omar has a history of documented anti-Semitism and now this? Nancy??”
Heather Wolf added, “Anti-Semitic Rep Omar doesn’t care about Americans. It’s very clear by her disgusting laughs at Sheila Jackson’s mention of the US causalities in the Iraq War. It is shocking that we have an enemy of the people in Congress. Omar should be expelled and stripped of her security clearance.”
When it was her turn to speak, Rep. Omar, a refugee from war-torn Somalia, spoke about how the thought of Trump sending America to war gave her “PTSD.” Because she dealt with war as a child when her family fled Somalia for the safety of the United States, she said she “felt ill” with “everything that is taking place” in the Middle East.
What do you think about their laughing during the talk?