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Rubio Shares Doctored Video Of Rep. Omar, Then Calls Her Out-Of-Context Remarks ‘Racist’


Rubio Shares Doctored Video Of Rep. Omar, Then Calls Her Out-Of-Context Remarks ‘Racist’

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted an edited video of Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) that cut off part of her quote in a manipulative way so that some of it was missing, then accused the congresswoman’s remarks of being “racist” against white people.

The 40-second clip Rubio shared is part of a 10-minute interview Omar did with Al Jazeera in February 2018.

In the doctored clip, Omar says “Our country should be more fearful of white men across our country because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country.” The clip then abruptly jumps to Omar saying, “we should be profiling, monitoring and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men.”

“I am sure the media will now hound every Democrat to denounce this statement as racist. Right?,” Rubio tweeted with the edited clip.

The Hill notes that in “the full interview, Omar’s suggestion of ‘profiling’ white men was in response to how she feels over fear of ‘Jihadist terrorism. ‘ ”

The missing statement in the edited clip Rubio shared is “so if fear was the driving force of policies to keep America safe, Americans safe inside of this country we should be profiling … white men.”

Omar continues by saying “the focus of our policies should be about keeping Americans safe, keeping us domestically safe. And where we actually find a solution is looking at our foreign policy, how we are engaging with the members of these communities and the kind of rhetoric that is being spewed out of leaders within our city halls, within our state capitols.”

Journalists were quick to respond to the out-of-context video and denunciation shared by the senator.

“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,” tweeted Washington Post journalist Wesley Lowery.

The Post’s Dave Weigel noted that “ ‘the media’ will look for the entire clip and realize it’s been cut to get this sort of reaction.” editor Robby Soave initially tweeted the clip himself, saying it’s “pretty terrible stuff.”

He later retracted his statement and deleted his tweet.

“The video is misleadingly edited, and longer video makes it clear she was criticizing hypocrisy, not calling for surveillance of white people,” Soave tweeted.


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