Omar on Trump and Obama comparison: 'One is human, the other is really not'

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarPelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill Sanders unveils student debt plan amid rivalry with Warren Sanders proposes canceling .6 trillion in US student debt MORE (D-Minn.) attempted to distance herself from her past comparison of former President Obama and President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE, saying “one is human, the other is really not.”

She made the comments Monday in the halls of the Capitol while being followed by a Fox News reporter who pressed her about previous comments on the two presidents.

"That is silly to even think, and equate the two. One is human, the other is really not,” Omar said before hopping in an elevator.


Omar’s comments Monday come just days after an interview with the progressive freshman lawmaker published in Politico appeared to compare Obama to Trump.

“We can’t be only upset with Trump. … His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was,” Omar told Politico. “And that’s not what we should be looking for anymore. We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile.”

In a post on Twitter following the articles’ publication, Omar said her comments had been “distorted” and affirmed she is “an Obama fan.”

Politico stood by its reporting and Omar later deleted her tweet criticizing the publication and its interview with her. 

Her comparison of the two was the latest controversy Omar found herself in, as the Democratic House passed an anti-hate resolution last week initially spurred by comments she made that many criticized as anti-Semitic.

The resolution did not mention Omar by name but did include language condemning anti-Semitism along with other forms of hate and bigotry.