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‘Shame On You’: Reporter Demands Rubio Delete Doctored Video He Tweeted Of Rep. Omar


‘Shame On You’: Reporter Demands Rubio Delete Doctored Video He Tweeted Of Rep. Omar

A reporter demanded that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) delete a doctored clip of a 2018 interview he did with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) that he said was “selectively-edited.”

Rubio tweeted a clip of then-candidate Omar’s interview with Al Jazeera that cut off part of her quote in a manipulative way so that the context was missing. Rubio then used the clip to accuse Omar of being racist against white people.

“Senator @marcorubio, will you delete this tweet and apologize? You’re sharing a selectively-edited video from my show @AJUpFront to make @IlhanMN look bad and increase the number of death threats she already gets. Shame on you,” tweeted Mehdi Hasan, who conducted the interview with the freshman representative last year.

Hasan included a link to the full interview.

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.


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