On Monday July 6, conservative Twitter occupied itself by misquoting a speech by Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
Omar had said during a recent speech that America should "dismantl[e] the whole system of oppression wherever we may find it."
Many conservatives, including the President's son Don Jr., said that Omar was calling for the dismantling of the country's "economy and political system," a phrase she used in a different part of the speech.
Don Jr. also seemed to imply Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden would also support dismantling our current political system.
Does @joebiden agree with his supporter @ilhanmn that we need to dismantle the United States economy and political… https://t.co/plg3fKekTN— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.) 1594149725.0
Omar quickly clapped back at Don Jr., questioning his ability to understand basic English.
Does our education system know it has failed you? Your level of comprehension is such an embarrassment to our coun… https://t.co/av5TJuHZe9— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar) 1594157244.0
Many online seconded Omar's disgust with Don Jr.'s behavior.
@IlhanMN Reactionary politics is never a good thing. Sorry so many reactionary conservatives harass you everyday ,… https://t.co/gr06V0xZs4— Tyler (@Tyler) 1594166101.0
@IlhanMN I like how any sort of policy or statement by "progressives" isn't ever met with arguments of points, jus… https://t.co/gzOE0krvam— mowgli (@mowgli) 1594157384.0
@IlhanMN Omar says "dismantling the whole system of oppression", and Little Donny hears, "dismantle the United Stat… https://t.co/T0gO0sDCsq— Allan Thoen (@Allan Thoen) 1594157759.0
Omar's supporters were with her 100%.
@IlhanMN You are the most honorable, beautiful, brilliant, and outstanding congresswoman ever to serve.— BAMBARA (@BAMBARA) 1594157300.0
@IlhanMN Hahaha ur my favorite.— Hamdan Harhara (@Hamdan Harhara) 1594157334.0
@IlhanMN Congresswoman we are with you. I support your statement. Thank you for being so bold and advocating for us.— latinxersforblacklivesmatter (@latinxersforblacklivesmatter) 1594214434.0
It's hard to imagine anyone pushing back against Omar's actual statement.
@IlhanMN Wow, the son of the guy who said he was all about change is angry at a woman who acknowledged that changes… https://t.co/osEEh0H3gR— Roman1600 (@Roman1600) 1594157936.0
@IlhanMN Wait. You’re pinning his disgusting behavior on our education system? Nice try. He was educated at a prep… https://t.co/JRB5hfjdNI— pragmatic progressive (@pragmatic progressive) 1594158055.0
A lot of Twitter users also pointed out that Don Jr. seems to hold Joe Biden to a much higher standard than his father.
@DonaldJTrumpJr @JoeBiden @IlhanMN Why don't you answer this, Spanky Jr: Does your "dad" agree with far right wing… https://t.co/uva1LRX35l— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!) 1594150493.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @JoeBiden @IlhanMN “Does Biden agree with his supporter” lmao LETS ROLL THE TAPE OF TRUMP SUPPORTERS HOLDING SWASTIKA FLAGS— Mankrik’s Wife (@Mankrik’s Wife) 1594149811.0
To many, Don Jr.'s understanding of politics seemed shaky at best.
@DonaldJTrumpJr @JoeBiden @IlhanMN Does Don Jr. do anything productive all day?— Lira (@Lira) 1594151684.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @JoeBiden @IlhanMN Keep it up, Junior. https://t.co/Wnewov7dfE— LJK (@LJK) 1594156561.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @JoeBiden @IlhanMN What happened to "drain the swamp?" Your dad made that a core theme of his 2016… https://t.co/d0WjbjLYZq— 🌊 Shane 🌊 🆘️🇺🇸😷 (@🌊 Shane 🌊 🆘️🇺🇸😷) 1594151265.0
If you're going to attack a political opponent's speech, it's usually smart to quote them correctly.