On Wednesday, Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar laughed and joked during a press conference as fellow Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee discussed the American casualties of the Iraq War.

“I’m very glad to say that I was part of the 132 and also the vote for [Rep.] Barbara Lee’s amendment,” Jackson Lee said, BizPac Review reports, “but I think that the point of that is that that is the same war that we’re dealing with today.”

Lee then noted that more than 4,400 American troops died during the Iraqi conflict.

“We never solved any problems with AUMF [the Authorization for Use of Military Force], we left four thousand plus, maybe even forty-four hundred dead, and over sixty thousand who came back injured in some form and the war never ended,” she added as Omar was seen laughing behind her, just over her right shoulder.


As for an explanation to Omar’s actions, when she took to the podium, she claimed she had PTSD—post-traumatic stress disorder, often associated with military personnel who witness the realities and horrors of war.

“I feel ill a little bit because of everything that is taking place, and I think every time I hear conversations around war, I find myself being stricken with PTSD,” she claimed. “And I find peace knowing that I serve with great advocates for peace and people who have shown courage against war.”

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Several people online ripped both the initial laugh as well as her claim to having PTSD:

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