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

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarGOP Senate candidate said Republicans have 'dual loyalties' to Israel Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet Omar asks Twitter what it's doing in response to Trump spreading 'lies that put my life at risk' MORE (D-Minn.) attempted to distance herself from her past comparison of former President Obama and President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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.