Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) refused to apologize to the Covington Catholic students that she smeared last month when a reporter asked her on Tuesday about comments that she made at the time.
"Do you have any message for the Covington students after your tweet criticizing them for racism?" reporter Jason Calvi asked Omar. "Any message for them tonight?"
"The message I have for them is that in life there are often consequences on the way that you behave," Omar said. "Um, I, I feel sorry the way that some of them have gotten blame and hurt, um, but I also recognize that, uh, in, in the way that the video appeared that there was a native elder who was, um, intervening and, uh, and really showing care for what it looked like to mediate a difficult situation and I wanted to hold him, um, in, in space in my heart, and, and to have a conversation about what hate, division in this country looks like that is often perpetuated by uh, the, uh, inhabitor of the White House."
"You did accuse them of racism," Calvi said. "Do you owe them an apology for that?"
Omar immediately walked away and refused to answer the question.
Following the incident, Omar "smeared the boys from Covington Catholic High School on Tuesday night, making false claims about the incident that happened over the weekend as she also defended a designated hate group's attack on the boys," The Daily Wire reported.
"The boys were protesting a woman's right to choose & yelled 'it’s not rape if you enjoy it,'" Omar said in a now deleted tweet. "They were taunting 5 Black men before they surrounded Phillips and led racist chants. Sandmann’s family hired a right wing PR firm to write his non-apology."
Omar was one of over 50 entities who was sent a documentation preservation letter from the law firm representing Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann and his family. The Daily Wire reported:
The letters come in response to the media's smearing of Sandmann after a selectively edited clip of an incident on January 19, 2019, went viral that showed Sandmann standing face-to-face with Native American Nathan Phillips, who was beating a drum in Sandmann's face.
"The legal counsel representing Nick and his family, Todd McMurtry and experienced libel and defamation lawyer L. Lin Wood of Atlanta, have said they will seek justice for the harm allegedly done to the teen," The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. "McMurtry is with the law firm of Hemmer Defrank Wessels and has practiced law in Greater Cincinnati since 1991. He said a team of seven lawyers has been working full-time to review the media accounts of what happened."
The list of entities that were sent letters includes:
- The Washington Post
- The New York Times
- Cable News Network, Inc. (CNN)
- The Guardian
- National Public Radio
- Atlantic Media Inc.
- Capitol Hill Publishing Corp.
- Diocese of Covington
- Diocese of Lexington
- Archdiocese of Louisville
- Diocese of Baltimore
- Ana Cabrera (CNN)
- Sara Sidner (CNN)
- Erin Burnett (CNN)
- S.E. Cupp (CNN)
- Elliot C. McLaughlin (CNN)
- Amanda Watts (CNN)
- Emanuella Grinberg (CNN)
- Michelle Boorstein (Washington Post)
- Cleve R. Wootson Jr. (Washington Post)
- Antonio Olivo (Washington Post)
- Joe Heim (Washington Post)
- Michael E. Miller (Washington Post)
- Eli Rosenberg (Washington Post)
- Isaac Stanley-Becker (Washington Post)
- Kristine Phillips (Washington Post)
- Sarah Mervosh (New York Times)
- Emily S. Rueb (New York Times)
- Maggie Haberman (New York Times)
- David Brooks (New York Times)
- Shannon Doyne
- Kurt Eichenwald
- Andrea Mitchell (NBC/MSNBC)
- Savannah Guthrie (NBC)
- Joy Reid (MSNBC)
- Chuck Todd (NBC)
- Noah Berlatsky
- Elisha Fieldstadt (NBC)
- Eun Kyung Kim
- Bill Maher
- Warner Media
- Conde Nast
- The Hill
- The Atlantic
- Ilhan Omar
- Elizabeth Warren
- Kathy Griffin
- Alyssa Milano
- Jim Carrey