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Sen. Rubio Gets Blowback for Denouncing Omar as 'Racist'

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Rep. Marco Rubio, R-Texas (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 25 July 2019 05:44 PM

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was taken to task by critics in the media for sharing an edited video of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., reportedly taken out of context.

Sharing the video showing Rep. Omar saying Americans "should be more fearful of white men" – amid domestic terrorism attacks in the U.S. perpetrated by white men the past few years – Sen. Rubio tweeted:

"I am sure the media will now hound every Democrat to denounce this statement as racist. Right?"

Not quite. Instead, Sen. Rubio was the one denounced.

The video was edited to short clips of radical Omar statements by the original social media post, and gave Rubio critics the opportunity to attack him for sharing an edited video.

The statement missing to provide context for Rep. Omar's warning against white men, according to The Hill, was: "so if fear was the driving force of policies to keep America safe, Americans safe inside of this country, we should be profiling, monitoring, creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men."

The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery tweeted:

"This is a selectively edited clip. The full interview is here - and shows that Rep. Omar isn't saying anything 'racist' but rather making nuanced (accurate) points about the threat posed by white supremacist terror compared to Muslim terror https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UmmvROd4J8…"

Sen. Rubio's call to denounce a racist statement from Rep. Omar comes a week after he denounced a chant at a President Donald Trump rally, where supporters chanted "send her back," which Rubio stopped short of calling "racist."

"The tweet was wrong and the chant last night grotesque," Rubio said in his post. "The left wing politicians and many in the media demanding outrage are self-righteous hypocrites.

"And the 'outrage-and-response cycle' allows for only two sides and demands you pick or else.

"It's a stupid game that I refuse to play."

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For sharing an edited video of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., reportedly taken out of context, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was taken to task by critics in the media.
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Thursday, 25 July 2019 05:44 PM
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