Seemingly redirecting the focus of a death threat towards Rep. Ilhan Omar, Trump today stated that Omar “doesn’t like Israel.” Trump has never been known or admired for his observational skills and is the unofficial king of deflection. He never misses an opportunity to turn something tragic straight around, only to be used as a political talking point.
From Huffington Post on Trump’s art of deflection:
‘Deflecting a crisis onto something or someone else is one of the primary forms of damage containment. It’s used primarily when someone who is responsible for a crisis wants to distance him or herself from it, and thereby not own up to it.’
So, why the deflection and change of narrative in regards to Omar’s death threat? Just yesterday, the U.S. attorney office for the Western District of New York released a statement, where it claims that the man arrested for the threats, Patrick W. Carlineo Jr., called her a “terrorist.” It also turns out that Carlineo Jr. is a rabid supporter of Donald Trump.
Per reports, the crazed man called in to Omar’s offices on March 21. Just look at how he spoke to one of her staff members:
‘Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood?
Why are you working for her, she’s an (expletive) terrorist.
I’ll put a bullet in her (expletive) skull.’
Chilling. However, not surprising.
The phone call then led to the threat being referred to Capitol Police, which then began an investigation alongside the FBI.
Here is the full statement which was released by the Western District of New York yesterday:
Trump’s comments about Rep. Omar were made today as he spoke at the Republican Jewish Coalition. Check out the moment he made the ill-timed remark, below.
‘Special thanks to Representative Omar of Minnesota…
Oh, I forgot. She doesn’t like Israel. I forgot. I’m so sorry.’
Also of note from his speech was his claims that “Democrats aren’t fighting for Israel in Congress.” He added that “Republicans believe that we must never ignore the vile poison of anti-Semitism. We do. All of us.” He furthered his Democratic-disses by also stating that there is a “radical agenda” being pushed by Congressional Democrats that could “very well leave Israel out there all by yourselves.”
Hopefully sometime soon, the media, Trump and his supporters can all move on from their obsession with the freshman Congresswoman.
Featured image via YouTube screenshot.