Scarborough Defends Omar: 'So Important for Her to Succeed'
NewsBusters' Mark Finkelstein reports:
With considerable trepidation, Mike Barnicle dared broach the subject of Omar's outrageous statement. "Yesterday, there was an event that took place in Washington, a-n-n-n-n-d, I'm going to raise it." He did summon up the courage to describe Omar's statement as a "distortion of . . . reality." He was upset that Democratic presidential candidates refused to condhem it.
That led to a solicitous Scarborough saying that he saw that Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R.-Texas) engaged Omar on Twitter, and scolded he should have just talked to her across the aisle in the Capitol:
"It's so important, I think personally, for her to succeed. Right? She's -- there have been some missteps. But there's something much bigger here, like, going on. We don't want one of our first Muslim, women, Americans, to, to, to, to, blow up politically like this."
At its core, Scarborough's wish for Omar to succeed is deeply patronizing. Omar is an American citizen. She is an elected Member of Congress. Does Scarborough really expect Crenshaw to, shall we say, Ameri-splain to Omar why obfuscating the reality of 9/11 would be "offensive to some people?" If Omar doesn't understand that by now, she richly deserves to fail.
Scarborough describing Omar as having committed "missteps" is also a charitable interpretation of multiple remarks made by the freshman lawmaker that many perceived to be anti-Semitic.