Rep. Ilhan Omar took to Twitter to voice her support for a video of “Empire” actress Amber Ruffin going off on the “f— them all” jurors who acquitted a woman accused of kidnapping and sexual assault of female students from Florida State University.
The show was a reference to a comment Omar made to a reporter on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday when she responded to a question about the verdict by saying: “I wish that more black people would go to jury duty and tell them what happened to them.”
It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted Omar’s support of the video, which is credited to “Black Panther” actor Charles S. Dutton in a tweet introducing it on Sunday. Her supporters on Twitter — and some critics — joined the songstress in praising her response and criticizing the jury’s verdict.
Amber Ruffin posted a tweet on Instagram criticizing the verdict in the indictment of Kendra Wiley, 29, who was convicted on conspiracy and witness tampering and obstruction of justice charges in the January 2015 kidnapping and sexual assault of two young women.
“You F— your fellow juror and give them the finality of being not just remanded into custody, but a DEATH PENALTY,” Ruffin said in the clip.
Dutton tweeted the link to the video while asking who should pay for it, to which Ruffin responded: “It’ll be too late for my family.”
The video also generated some tweets from viewers who said they were not offended.