Congressman: Omar insulted vets over 'PTSD' remark

Monday, January 13, 2020
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Rep. Omar Iran press conferenceA congressman and military veterans says he was angered that a fellow lawmaker compared her anxiety over Iran to post-traumatic stress disorder.

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Indiana) tells OneNewsNow his “blood boiled” when he learned that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) (pictured at right) told reporters the prospect of war with Iran gives her PTSD, which is known to afflict troops who have experienced combat.

“I feel ill a little bit because of everything that is taking place,” Omar said at a press conference, "and I think every time I hear of conversations around war, I find myself being strickened with PTSD.”

Banks

Banks, who currently serves as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve, says Omar’s comment stung so badly because she claims PTSD over emotions when he knows many others have acquired PTSD in war.

“As a veteran myself, who served in Afghanistan, I was deeply offended because so many of the men and women I served with came home with the wounds of war,” he says. “And here you have a United States congresswoman claiming PTSD because she disagrees with President Trump.”

Banks took to Twitter to voice his disgust at Omar's comment, which triggered the female congressman to claim to be the victim and write that she “survived war as a child and deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Marine in AfghanistanOmar, who was born in Somalia, did escape the war-torn country with her family and lived in a refugee camp before coming to the United States.

Responding to that defense, Banks says he respects and sympathizes with her past, but points out that is not what she said in front of reporters. 

“If you listen carefully to the words that [Omar] says,” Banks says, “she's claiming PTSD because of what the president is doing to keep America safe abroad, specifically when it comes to containing Iranian aggression.”

Others have pointed out how Omar whispered and giggled with other lawmakers behind Rep. Sheila-Jackson as the fellow Democrat was speaking into the microphone.

 

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