US Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) said Omar’s comments were a “disgrace,” calling the remarks “offensive to our nation’s veterans who really do have PTSD after putting their life on the line to keep America safe.”
Omar (D-Minn.) had made her remarks during a news conference with other Democrats on Wednesday, at which she said she “felt ill” because of “everything that is taking place” in the Middle East — a reference to the recent tensions between the US and Iran, including last week’s US airstrike in Baghdad and Iran’s missile attacks early Wednesday against airbases in Iraq where US service members are stationed.
“And I think every time I hear about … I hear of conversations around war, I find myself being stricken with PTSD,” she said. “And I find peace knowing that I serve with great advocates for peace and people who have shown courage against war.”