An Indiana congressman who served in Afghanistan as a member of the Navy Reserve spoke out on behalf of America's military veterans Wednesday after U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., claimed she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Rep. Ilhan Omar complained she’s “stricken with PTSD” because of recent events in the Middle East.— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) January 8, 2020
This is a disgrace and offensive to our nation’s veterans who really do have PTSD after putting their life on the line to keep America safe. pic.twitter.com/twhZDuUDu0
Omar had made her remarks during a news conference with other Democrats on Wednesday, at which she said she "felt ill" because of "everything that is taking place" in the Middle East -- a reference to the recent U.S. tensions between the U.S. and Iran, including last week's U.S. airstrike in Baghdad and Iran's missile attacks early Wednesday against airbases in Iraq where U.S. service members are stationed.
"And I think every time I hear about ... I hear of conversations around war, I find myself being stricken with PTSD," she said. "And I find peace knowing that I serve with great advocates for peace and people who have shown courage against war."
After Banks took issue with her comments, Omar posted a reply on Twitter, making reference to her youth in war-torn Somalia. Omar left her homeland with her family near the start of the Somali Civil War in 1991 and spent four years at a Kenyan refugee camp before immigrating to the U.S. in 1995.
Hi Jim,— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 8, 2020
I survived war as a child and deal with post-traumatic stress disorder—much like many who have served or lived through war.
It’s shameful that you as a member of Congress would erase the PTSD of survivors. pic.twitter.com/QdDBKDSOCS
No @IlhanMN - you can’t change the subject.— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) January 9, 2020
Your words and actions at today’s press conference reveal your feelings toward our soldiers serving abroad and the video speaks for itself. 👇 https://t.co/T2OREUaIm6
I lived in a war zone and I’ve seen what conflict does to families and communities.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 9, 2020
Trump is on the brink of dragging us into an endless war. I need you to stand with me in calling on Congress to stop Trump. Add your name ➡️ https://t.co/uEveJykhBr #NoWarWithIran pic.twitter.com/1JiEHBrBOX
Dear @RepJimBanks,— Common Defense (@commondefense) January 8, 2020
This is a tremendously ignorant thing to say.
Veterans like us know that people wearing uniforms aren’t the only ones impacted by war.@Ilhan is a refugee. We stand with her against hawkish elites like you. #VetsForIlhan #EndForeverWar https://t.co/oIE3iWZGK9
Omar has been quick to condemn US Military operations against terrorists, terrorist regimes, and terror groups but has taken a different tone when events happen to Israel.
Jim Banks @RepJimBanks— Awake! We're Living in the End Times!✝️✡️🇺🇸 🇮🇱 (@AwakeTimes) January 9, 2020
"If you aren’t familiar with Banks, he’s been with the Navy since 2012 and was deployed to Afghanistan about 6 years ago. So he knows a little something about PTSD."#IlhanOmar https://t.co/ZPOZ79tdcI