Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush Social Media Accounts Appear To Mix Up Holidays

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( – On Monday May 27, two Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Cori Bush (Mo.) took to social media platform X to post similar messages about the federal holiday, Memorial Day, by honoring those who had fallen while serving in the U.S. military. However, their posts made it appear that they had confused Memorial Day and Veterans Day. 

Omar in her post stated that on Memorial Day, they were honoring all those who had served in the United States. She added that they owed them not just gratitude, but also to ensure that they have access to job opportunities, housing assistance, mental health services, and all the other services that they have been promised to have access to. 

Bush posted a similar message saying that they were honoring their veterans and that they needed to invest in mental health services, housing, healthcare, and other economic opportunities for the country’s veterans. However, social media users were quick to note that the since-deleted posts appeared to confuse the two holidays, as Veterans Day is observed on November 11 each year. This latter holiday is meant to honor the U.S. Armed Forces veterans who are still alive. 

John Hasson of Townhall slammed Omar on X, saying that “misunderstanding Memorial Day” is “on brand” for her. 

Similarly, OutKick’s David Hookstead argued that Omar believes that Memorial Day is about celebrating those who are still alive. After the posts were deleted, he said that while the posts could be deleted, screenshots were “forever.” Another social media user, Ryan Saavedra, shared a screenshot of Bush’s post and explained the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Bush ended up posting a corrected post on her official account, while Omar uploaded a Memorial Day tribute on her personal page.

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