A senior adviser to President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, Katrina Pierson, posted a video to social media of rockets fired into a dimly-lit sky on Sunday in a tweet about escalations in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. Yet the clip was not from the Middle East. The video recorded confrontations in Ukraine in 2015.
“650 Rockets being fired into Israel from Gaza in an attempt to overwhelm Israels Iron Dome: 173 intercepts, 4 people killed, and 28 wounded,” Pierson wrote, tagging Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn): “What is
@IlhanMN response to this violence? Will she condemn it?”
Over the weekend, months of increased tensions between Israel and Hamas peaked with airstrikes into Gaza killing 24 Palestinians including 14 civilians according to officials in Gaza. Hamas fired more than 600 rockets into Israel, killing 4 civilians. A fragile ceasefire took hold early Monday morning, hours after Pierson’s tweet.
After responses poured in correcting the location of the Ukrainian rockets, Pierson’s added, “The video is used as a ‘gif’ to underscore what hundreds of rockets would look like to Americans. It’s not tagged nor did I say ‘This is’ so let’s get back to Omar’s response. Anyone have it?”
650 Rockets being fired into Israel from Gaza in an attempt to overwhelm Israels Iron Dome: 173 intercepts, 4 people killed, and 28 wounded. What is @IlhanMN response to this violence? Will she condemn it? pic.twitter.com/Vb1Ymxygj6
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) May 5, 2019
Pierson, a former liberal turned Tea Partier, was a Trump campaign spokesperson in 2015 and 2016. During that period she was a CNN contributor where she made several blunders on-air.
In August 2016 on “The Situation Room Wolf Blitzer” Pierson blamed President Barack Obama for the death of Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2004, during George W. Bush’s presidency. In 2015 when describing then-candidate’s Trump proposal for a Muslim ban, she told CNN’s S.E. Cupp, that the ban was about “insurgents.”
Cupp corrected Pierson, saying “You’re talking about not allowing regular Muslims, that’s what you’re talking about. No one’s talking about insurgents.” Pierson responded “You know what, so what? They’re Muslim.”
How many more protesters must be shot, rockets must be fired, and little kids must be killed until the endless cycle of violence ends?
The status quo of occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unsustainable. Only real justice can bring about security and lasting peace.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 5, 2019
Rep. Omar did post about the violence in Israel and Gaza later on Sunday, asking: “how many more protesters must be shot, rockets must be fired, and little kids must be killed until the endless cycle of violence ends.”
The tweet caught flack from President Trump’s son Don Jr. He weighed in to accuse Omar and fellow first-year Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of siding “with Hamas terrorists over Israel.”
The former press secretary for George W. Bush also named Omar in a tweet: “The problem is terrorists, and their supporters, like @IlhanMN.”
It’s deeply troubling that we’ve reached the point where no one is shocked when sitting members of congress, like @IlhanMN & @RashidaTlaib, side with Hamas terrorists over Israel. By remaining silent, democrat leadership & presidential candidates are endorsing this insanity. https://t.co/A8STX8WqLf
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 6, 2019
Gaza is not occupied. Israel withdrew. Gaza’s Palestinian leaders then burned synagogues and greenhouses full of food. Its leaders are terrorists who have attacked Israelis and Egyptians. The problem is not Israel. The problem is terrorists, and their supporters, like @IlhanMN. https://t.co/xxNisKp5sG
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) May 6, 2019