Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Monday clarified some comments from last week that some interpreted as equating President Donald Trump with former President Barack Obama, according to Fox News.
Last week, Omar said that while President Trump has bad policies, his predecessors did as well; they were just "more polished." She accused a reporter of distorting her words, although a recording proved they had been accurately reported.
On Monday, Omar drew a clear line with her opinion on the two most recent presidents.
"Do you think President Obama is the same as President Trump?" asked Fox News reporter Guerin Hays, as Omar walked toward the elevator. Omar, who was talking to someone else when Hays approached her, ignored Hays until they got to the elevator door.
"Absolutely not. That is silly to even think and even equate to," Omar finally responded. "One is human, the other is really not."
Hays attempted to ask a follow-up question, but Omar was done talking.
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What's the back story?
Last week, Omar drew attention for comments that seemed derogatory toward former President Obama, who is still very popular among Democrats.
"And when we talk about waking up from complacency, it's to say that we can't only be upset with Trump because he's not a politician who sells us his policies in the most perfect way," Omar said. "His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was."
Omar later tweeted that the reporter, Politico's Tim Alberta, had misrepresented her words. However, she also tweeted out a recording of the quote that in fact proved she said exactly what Alberta had reported. Then she deleted the accusatory tweet altogether.
"Exhibit A of how politicians use the media as a straw man to avoid owning what they said," Alberta tweeted.