Hey, CNN actually did journalism things. They interviewed newly elected Representative Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American to be elected to Congress. Funny story though, Representative Omar has been, like AOC, busy on the Twitters. She recently alleged Trump was somehow blackmailing Lindsey Graham over Graham’s closeted homosexuality. CNN did a little digging and gave us this interview:
Rep. Omar: "Lots of Americans" agree with me that Trump is blackmailing Sen. Graham over his homosexuality pic.twitter.com/xPMAUHSLYE
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 17, 2019
They’re referring to this tweet:
They got to him, he is compromised! https://t.co/m8sB3EmElg
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 16, 2019
Omar: Graham is somehow compromised.
CNN: Based on what evidence?
Omar: The evidence that is present to us.
CNN: That’s your opinion.
Omar: An opinion based on what I believe to be visible to me. Americans agree on this [that Americans think Trump is blackmailing Graham’s homoness]
Okay that’s not how evidence works. Evidence is evidence. It is evidence regardless of your opinion. Evidence is or is not. Evidence is not based on your opinions. That’s bias. Bias is based on opinions.
I don’t want to speculate on Lindsey Graham‘s sexuality. Frankly, I can’t think of any senator or congressperson as a sexual being. Just so much no. But Omar is dabbling in the libel and slander territory here, suggesting Graham is following Trump’s agenda out of fear he might be outed as a lover of butt sex.
But I’m still reeling from CNN actually asking questions. That to me is far more shocking than a politician’s friction preference.