Rep. Ilhan Omar's daughter on Saturday defended a video she posted online in which she calls U.S. soldiers "the bitch" as well as imperialist child killers.
Hirsi, a 17-year-old liberal activist, recently recorded the video on TikTok in response to another clip that appears to show a group U.S. service members joking around for the camera.
- One of the camo-clad young men shouts, "It's a bitch!"
Hirisi commented: "I know this is a joke, but the fact that these men are calling me a bitch when they're actively killing innocent children abroad and also furthering U.S. imperialism makes me think they're actually the bitch."
On Saturday, conservative activist C.J. Pearson shared Hirsi's video in a tweet.
- "Where does she get these views from? I guess the apple doesn’t fall far!" he said.
Amid backlash, Hirsi quickly responded that her comments were a "joke" and suggested Pearson "doesn't understand satire" or "the definition of Imperialism."
But she also repeated her criticism of the U.S. military without any hint of irony.
- "When America decides to end the endless wars, then maybe innocent children wouldn’t be dying," she said.
In the video these soldiers call the people “bitches”, clearly satire as was my joke. When America decides to end the endless wars, then maybe innocent children wouldn’t be dying. Again seems like someone doesn’t understand satire. Or the definition of Imperialism. https://t.co/QZo23NxVLC— isra hirsi (@israhirsi) May 16, 2020
In a follow-up tweet, Hirsi suggested that U.S. soldiers "openly disregard the innocent lives that are lost in these unjust wars.
- "P.S. Imperialism kills," she added.
At one point, Hirsi and Pearson sparred over allegations that her mother married her brother so he could stay in the United States.
Hirsi later deleted the video in question, but her social media accounts remained chock-full of other combative left-wing takes.
U.S. Youth Climate Strike, an anti-capitalist student group that Hirsi leads, says on its website that it seeks to "end the cycle of US imperialism."
The apple doesn't fall far: Omar, a first-term Minnesotta Democrat, has expressed foreign policy views not dissimilar from her daughter's.
Citing her experience as a refugee from wartorn Somalia, Omar has urged U.S. withdrawal from all foreign conflicts and a reduction in funding for "perpetual war and military aggression."
- Omar has blamed the United States in part for the Israel-Palestinian conflict, state failure in Venezuela and "killing children in Yemen," and international Islamic terrorism, among other of the world's problems.