Print Column: Don’t Let Politicians Deflect Criticism by Playing Victim


MINOT, N.D. — The idea that President Donald Trump put Rep. Ilhan Omar in danger because he tweeted criticism of her is absurd.

And yet, it’s become a talking point for Democrats up to and including certain candidates who would like to replace Trump in the White House.

Trump’s criticism of Omar’s remarks about the 9/11 attacks were perhaps a bit overblown. Our commander-in-chief is nothing if not prone to bombast and hyperbole.

One needn’t agree with his criticism to defend them against claims they’ve made anyone unsafe.

Omar has faced threats, to be sure, but Trump is no more responsible for them than Bernie Sanders was responsible for one of his supporters shooting Rep. Steve Scalise and others on a baseball field in Virginia.

What Omar is trying to do is deflect criticism by playing at victimhood.

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