President Trump chimed into the latest controversy surrounding Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, sharing a video of the congresswoman’s recent remarks about the terror attack on 9/11 alongside a video of the new coverage on 9/11.
“WE WILL NEVER FORGET,” Trump captioned the tweet.
The tweet comes after Omar described the terror attack as “some people did something.” The comments were widely perceived as offensive and diminishing of the horrific attack.
“Omar’s remark has drawn criticism largely from political opponents and conservatives who say the congresswoman, one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, offered a flippant description of the assailants and the attacks on American soil that killed nearly 3,000 people and pointed the U.S. toward war,” the Associated Press reports.
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As the Associated Press reports, Omar’s full quote to CAIR in Los Angeles that members of the Muslim community saw their rights and liberties eroded after the attack due to perceived affiliation with those who carried it out.
“For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it,” Omar said during the speech last month. “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
According to the Associated Press, CAIR was founded in 1994 but drastically grew after 9/11.
Shortly after President Trump posted the tweet, Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed the tweet was an “explicit attack” on Omar and that her “life is in danger.”
“Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President’s explicit attack [email protected]’s life is in danger,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet. “For our colleagues to be silent is to be complicit in the outright, dangerous targeting of a member of Congress. We must speak out. ‘First they came…'”
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The quote, “First they came…” comes from a quote of prominent Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller, who described how people’s inaction toward Adolf Hitler led to the Holocaust. The famous quote is featured at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, which Ocasio-Cortez included a picture of in her tweet.
Politico reports several Democratic presidential candidates including Bernie Sanders also responded to Trump’s tweet, saying: “Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won’t back down to Trump’s racism and hate, and neither will we.”
“The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end,” he added.
Fellow Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren also chimed in: “The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion.”
“It’s disgusting. It’s shameful,” Warren continued in the tweet. “And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it.”
Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential election, tweeted: “President Trump’s inflammatory and dangerous rhetoric towards Ilhan Omar is jeopardizing her safety. He is deliberately putting her and all Muslim Americans in harm’s way.”
Several conservatives rallied behind Trump and opposed Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, the Daily Wire reports.
Imam Mohamad Tawhidi tweeted: “Here are the two facts that you missed: 1. The President expressing himself saying that he will ‘never forget’ the victims of 9/11 is not an ‘attack’, it’s exactly what’s expected from him. 2. Her life is not in danger. In fact, her association with CAIR puts the U.S in danger.”