Representative Jim Banks, who has served the United States in Afghanistan as a member of the Navy Reserve, couldn’t contain his disgust after Rep. Ilhan Omar claimed to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
He called her remarks a “disgrace,” stating they were “offensive to our nation’s veterans who really do have PTSD after putting their life on the line to keep America safe.”
On Wednesday, Omar claimed she “felt ill” over what’s taking place in the Middle East, meaning that she is traumatized by the fact that the United States has taken out murderous members of a terror-supporting regime. She did not mention the attack on a U.S. Embassy… apparently, that doesn’t make her sick, just the thought of ‘conversations of war.’
“And I think every time I hear about … I hear of conversations around war, I find myself being stricken with PTSD,” she said. “And I find peace knowing that I serve with great advocates for peace and people who have shown courage against war.”
[Sounds like something Neville Chamberlain would have said back when he was bent on appeasing Hitler.]
After Banks took issue with her comments, Omar posted a reply on Twitter, making reference to her youth in war-torn Somalia. Omar left her homeland with her family near the start of the Somali Civil War in 1991 and spent four years at a Kenyan refugee camp before immigrating to the U.S. in 1995.
“Hi Jim, I survived war as a child and deal with post-traumatic stress disorder—much like many who have served or lived through war,” she wrote in the tweet, which was addressed to Banks but not tagged. “It’s shameful that you as a member of Congress would erase the PTSD of survivors.”
[Many people think a WHOLE LOT of things Omar has done are “shameful.”]
But Banks doubled down on his comments later Wednesday evening, posting a video that showed Omar and other Democrats giggling in the background as their colleague, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, spoke to reporters about the more than 4,000 U.S. service members killed in Iraq over the years.
“Your words and actions at today’s press conference reveal your feelings toward our soldiers serving abroad and the video speaks for itself,” Banks wrote, including a video of the news conference shared by Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga.
Omar posted another message about a half-hour later, elaborating that she had “lived in a war zone” and had “seen what conflict does to families and communities.”
Watch her utter disrespect below: