Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar took to Twitter to address recent remarks from Vice President Mike Pence where he said she “does not know what she’s talking about” concerning the politics of Venezuela.
Omar accused the vice president of being racist and sexist. “Women of color have heard this before,” she tweeted.
“Instead of ‘we disagree,’ it’s ‘she doesn’t know what she’s talking about,’” she added. “They have to make us feel small.”
“This from an Administration that thinks climate change is a Chinese hoax,” Omar continued.
As the Hill reports, Pence and others criticized the Democratic congresswoman for saying the United States was to blame for Venezuela’s struggles:
The freshman Democrat has been critical of the Trump administration’s efforts to pressure Maduro out of office and previously said that the U.S. “helped lead the devastation” in the South American country.
Omar said the economic turmoil in Venezuela has been exacerbated in recent years by U.S.-led sanctions that have cost the economy millions from lost oil revenue.
“A lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela,” Omar told Democracy Now this week, adding that U.S. sanctions had “set the stage” for the current humanitarian crisis.
Pence clarified during an interview with Fox News anchor Sandra Smith, “Nicolás Maduro is a socialist dictator who has taken what was once one of the most prosperous nations in this hemisphere and brought it literally to a level of deprivation and oppression and poverty that we have never seen. That’s not a result of U.S. policies.”