The times when Democrats and Republicans agree on anything are vanishingly rare. However, getting a “Squad” member to sound like a conservative is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.
Rep. Ilhan Omar chastised journalists who are going after small donors who contributed to Canada’s Freedom Convoy through a crowdfunding platform, the Washington Examiner reported. The Minnesota Democrat charged that they “need to do better” in a tweet Wednesday.
“I fail to see why any journalist felt the need to report on a shop owner making such a insignificant donation rather than to get them harassed,” Omar wrote. “Journalists need to do better.”
I fail to see why any journalist felt the need to report on a shop owner making such a insignificant donation rather than to get them harassed. It’s unconscionable and journalists need to do better. https://t.co/oF7WIoS1jp
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 16, 2022
Omar was commenting on a report about Tammy Giuliani, owner of Stella Luna Gelato Cafe in Ottawa, Canada. The business had to close after her name was publicized as part of a hack that doxxed donors who contributed through GiveSendGo to the truckers’ protest of COVID-19 measures.
The proprietor was going to give $100 but requested a refund once donations were frozen. “Now I’m giving you $250 and taking food down to the truckers every day,” Guiliana wrote in a post that was later leaked.
“Thank you for continuing to fight for Canadians across this country,” she added to encourage the protest that the Canadian government is eager to shut down. Others on the list were also dogged by journalists looking for a story even for giving a meager amount.
“Your name and email address are associated with a $40 contribution,” an email from the Washington Post to one anonymous donor said. “Could you please tell me if this matches your records, and either call or reply to this email to share what motivated you to contribute to the campaign?”
Omar is most known for being a member of the so-called “Squad,” an informal grouping of left-leaning women in the House of Representatives, so she is not usually on the side of conservatives. However, everyone can agree that journalists should not be exploiting donor lists obtained in a hack, and certainly not with the intent of chasing down a non-story.