Rep. Ilhan Omar made an appearance on MSNBC Thursday where she blamed President Trump for her father’s passing, stating that her dad died due to COVID-19 and because of the “dangerous criminal neglect by Trump and his administration,” and then said, “We have to investigate and prosecute these people who are responsible for these reckless deaths.”
I think someone’s been forgetting to take their crazy pills in the morning, don’t you? Seems I remember when President Trump took action to try and stop the coronavirus from getting into America by cutting off travel to and from China, people accused him of being racist.
If he would’ve done that sooner, they would have still criticized him. He just can’t win with these folks.
Omar’s father, Nur Omar Mohamed, 67, died in June. Omar told MSNBC that the Trump administration had exhibited “dangerous criminal neglect” and referenced a memo by Democratic House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn claiming he had found evidence of “political interference” by the Trump administration into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Omar said, “I lost my father on June 16. I remember my dad was in Kenya, he came back into the U.S. when Covid hit because he thought he was going to be safer here. My father and over 300,000 people have lost their lives to Covid because of dangerous criminal neglect by Trump and his administration, and I agree with Clyburn that it is not enough for us just to issue subpoenas, we have to investigate and prosecute these people who are responsible for these reckless deaths.”
“My father should be here today, so many of our family members should be here today and they’re not here with us because we had leaders who didn’t care about their lives,” she said.
“Our president today has not shown an ounce of compassion to the people who have passed away. He still has not acknowledged the devastating loss so many of us are feeling. My father survived so many things and for him to lose his life to Covid is devastating and right before you came on the reporter was sharing a story and that story is a story that my siblings and I share over and over and over again. It does not make sense that this is a reality in this country. This could have been avoided; this can be avoided, there are people who are responsible, and we cannot forget that when the next administration is sworn in and they are in charge of what happens next,” Omar said.
“My father and over 300,000 people have lost their lives because of dangerous criminal neglect by Trump and his Administration.
— Jeremy Slevin (@jeremyslevin) December 17, 2020
The bottom line here is that Omar’s father died because of a virus. It’s nobody’s fault. Not his. Not Trump’s. Not her’s. NOBODY.
Viruses can kill people. This one is particularly dangerous for folks with a certain set of factors. Once a virus gets loose, like this one did back in China, there’s simply no stopping it from spreading around the world. It is what it is. There’s nothing that can be done about that now.
Our time would be better spent helping each other and focusing on treatment than it is on finding someone to blame.