If you’re holding a press conference to argue that President Donald Trump is racist by making false claims about you, why wouldn’t you confirm that his claims were false?

As most people know by now, the president stirred up controversy on Twitter earlier this week by suggesting that “‘progressive’ Democrat congresswomen'” that dislike the way the United States government is being run can go back to the “broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”

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Much debate has ensued in terms of whether or not this was a racist attack on four particular individuals, though most of that debate has been steeped in generalities.

After the resulting outrage online, the president tweeted another message “clarifying” what he meant:

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In a press conference this week to address Trump’s comments, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) refused to actually condemn al-Qaida or Islamic terrorism as a whole.

Let that sink in for a second.

A Somali immigrant and practicing Muslim, who was elected to Congress to serve her constituents, is condemning the president as a liar and an Islamophobe.

Yet when given the opportunity to refute his claims and condemn the enemies of the country and constituents she serves — she refuses.

She won’t “dignify” a question from a journalist seeking to confirm her story, but she’ll hold a press conference to talk about what the leader of the free world is tweeting?

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In what reality does she have a problem with saying, “No, al- Qaida is evil. So are all terrorists, Islamic or not. They do not reflect my personal values, nor do they represent my religion”?

Yet in the same breath, she is willing to say that anyone who doesn’t condemn the man who claimed that she supported al-Qaida is a racist.

Omar, is that your way of telling us all that you’re a terrorist?

This piece originally appeared in OpsLens and is used by permission.

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