Washington, DC – January 12: Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks to reporters at Statuary Hall on Capital Hill … [+]
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If you need further evidence that despite calls for unity, the nation has remained deeply divided, posts on social media could be an indication of why.
On Wednesday, after the House Democrats called to relieve MP Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) from her duties on the House Committees based on comments the newly minted attorney posted online, the House Republicans responded and tried to do that MEP Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Also from her homework. The GOP lawmakers argued that the second term Congresswoman also spread misinformation about elections and posted anti-Semitic and anti-police comments on social media.
While it was on social media where both congressional women may have gotten themselves into the hot water with the comments they respectively posted, it was on social media on Wednesday afternoon that the impact could be seen.
Rep Omar (@Ilhan) went to Twitter to share her statement:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida), a member of the Squad, was among those who caught up on the topic on social media and wrote, “Let’s be clear: this false equivalency is a pathetically desperate smear that based on racism, misogyny and Islamophobia. Marjorie Taylor Greene instigated violence against her congressional colleagues. She is incapable of serving even by today’s #GOP standards. “
Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) (@RepDeanPhillips) also came to support his colleague from Minnesota: “Take control of reality. Rep. @Ilhan Omar did not belittle a survivor of the school shooting, claiming no plane was hit. ” The Pentagon insisted on September 11th that lasers started the California wildfires or advocated the assassination of the US House of Representatives spokesman. “
The majority of the comments below showed deep support for Rep. Omar and noted huge differences between what each woman had posted, not to mention her previous actions.
CNN’s conservative commenter SE Cupp (@secupp) was among those who posted the stark differences, which were then relayed to Twitter.
There were some who saw the problem differently. Among those was Shahid Buttar (@ShahidForChange), who posed an unsuccessful key challenge against House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) The military-industrial complex led to attacks by the likes of Pelosi on Ilhan. This is not partial. It reflects the corruption between two parties and the use of racism to confuse voters. We came across it too. “
There were few on social media to support Rep. Greene, while political commentator Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) was one of the GOP’s supporters of removing Rep. Omar from its committee duties, noting, “So far this week .. – Jen Psaki insults the military. – Co-founder of the Lincoln Project is a pedophile. – Climate gazer John Kerry flew a private jet to Iceland. – And Ilhan Omar is still on the Foreign Affairs Committee. And it’s only Wednesday. “
Watch what you post
While it seems clear that the comparisons between Rep. Omar and Rep. Greene are not entirely fair at this point, one point is even overlooked by many. Omar found herself in the crosshairs of Republican lawmakers, not because of her beliefs or even her progressive views.
Omar, much like Greene, is being targeted for posting comments on social media that have come back to follow up. This is – and has been – an issue with social media since people started using it. Comments cannot be “undone” and never really go away.
While some have deleted what they posted, the fact remains that once it’s out there, it is forever.
In the case of Greene, it should also be recalled that she is being called over comments, much of which were made prior to her term in office, while Republicans in the House took note of comments made while Omar was in office. The question then becomes whether one is more serious than the other, and the truth is that it may not matter for the reasons given. As soon as the proverbial “genius” is out of the bottle, it doesn’t go back.
This was true of old photos of something that didn’t seem like a “big deal” to prosecute elected officials, but once in office it certainly becomes more difficult to shake off past indiscretions. Lawmakers should be kept at a higher level, and that includes comment on social media.
What the two representatives may have posted or shared on social media may not be the same, but there is no denying that they both posted things that they each likely regret.