Fox News host Tucker Carlson took aim at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Tuesday, saying that the congresswoman has “spent the rest of her life attacking” the United States after immigrating to this country from Somalia.
The host’s comments came in response to outrage over Omar’s comments about the number of Somalis killed by U.S. forces in a 1993 battle in Mogadishu.
“Here’s someone who was brought to the United States at public defense simply because we’re a kind country that accepts a lot of refugees,” Carlson said according to The Hill as he interviewed Kyle Lame, a retired sergeant major who fought in Mogadishu.
“And rather than being grateful for that, she’s spent the rest of her life attacking this country. Why?” Carlson questioned.
Omar claimed killed “thousands” of Somalians in a 2017 Twitter thread about terror attacks in Somalia.
“In his selective memory, he forgets to also mention the thousands of Somalis killed by the American forces that day! #NotTodaySatan,” Omar wrote in response to a Twitter user’s post about the 19 US service members were killed and 73 injured in the battle.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 16, 2017
The post was a response to another tweet, bemoaning the deaths that the conflict set off:
However, according to a Fox News report, that number is wildly exaggerated.
“The number of Somali casualties in the Battle of Mogadishu is widely disputed,” Fox News reported.
“A representative of the Somali National Alliance estimated that only 133 militiamen were killed during a 2001 interview while ‘Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War’ author Mark Bowden estimated roughly 500 Somalis were killed. As the Investigative Project on Terrorism also noted, the Rand Corporation reported that about 300 civilians were killed while others estimated nearly 1,000.”