Watch as Minneapolis area representative Ilhan Omar ludicrously claims that rioters were terrorized by tanks, by the national guard, and by militarized police:
So apparently “protesters” were so terrorized by the militarized police and national guard they felt free to loot and burn. Hate to see what would happen if the rioters were not terrorized!
STEPHANOPOULOS: And we are joined now from Minneapolis by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Congresswoman, thank you for joining us this morning.
I know you’ve been in the community day and night for the last six days and urging people to stay home after the curfew. Did the National Guard get things under control last night?
REP. ILHAN OMAR (D-MN): I think last night, the community did feel phased to know that there will not be a burning of their businesses and their homes.
We are obviously worried and feeling terrorized about that prospect, but there really was also many people who chose to demonstrate and not abide by the curfew, who felt like they also were terrorized by the presence of tanks, by the presence of the National Guard and the militarized police.
And so, for us, it’s — what we are trying to do is try to figure out something between extreme aggression and ways to figure out how to get our city burned down. And it’s a challenge.
And as you said, George, our country is in pain. People can’t get that image of George Floyd having the life choked out of him by a police officer who was supposed to protect and serve our community.
But this also is a reminder that we are living in a country that has truly for a long time brutalized African-Americans, from slavery, to lynching, to Jim Crow, to mass incarceration and now to police brutality.
And in Minneapolis, where we have of the worst racial disparities, people are also understanding that there has been severe social and economic neglect in our communities. And so, we have real work to do, to heal, to begin to rebuild and to figure out a system that works for all of us.