Ilhan Omar deletes Memorial Day tweet after widespread ridicule

Omar's post was quickly criticized for misunderstanding the purpose of Memorial Day.

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July 19, 2022: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) participates in an abortion protest near the U.S. Capitol. (Shutterstock)

(American Greatness) — Far-left Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) deleted a tweet posted on Monday where she appeared to confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day, leading to backlash and mockery on social media.

As the Daily Caller reports, the Muslim congresswoman and Somali immigrant wrote a post on X (formerly known as Twitter) declaring that “On Memorial Day, we honor the heroic men and women who served our country. We owe them more than our gratitude — they have more than earned access to quality mental health services, job opportunities, housing assistance, and the benefits they were promised.”

By referencing veterans who are still alive, in the context of providing veterans’ benefits, Omar’s post was quickly criticized for misunderstanding the purpose of Memorial Day; while Veterans Day is about honoring veterans who returned from foreign wars, Memorial Day is about honoring those who died while serving.

Memorial Day has a longer history than Veterans Day, first introduced in the aftermath of the Civil War as “Decoration Day.” It was later changed to Memorial Day and its scope was expanded to include all American servicemembers who died in any war that the United States was involved in.

Veterans Day was introduced after World War I for the purpose of celebrating and thanking America’s surviving veterans.

Omar’s apparent ignorance of the holiday’s purpose highlights previous criticisms that she harbors anti-American sentiments. In a speech several years earlier, Omar dismissed the severity of the 9/11 attacks by simply saying that “some people did something” on that day, drawing backlash from families of 9/11 victims. She was also seen recently giving a speech in her native tongue to a crowd of Somalis, where she declared that she would put Somalia first.

This article was originally published at American Greatness


Eric Lendrum