Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is finally responding to backlash over her remarks made about the terror attacks on 9/11 in a new series of tweets that she posted to Twitter.
In one tweet, Omar said she “did not run for Congress to be silent.”
Also, she contended she had an “unwavering love for America” and said no one can take that from her.
“This country was founded on the ideas of justice, of liberty, of the pursuit of happiness,” Omar tweeted. “But these core beliefs are under threat. Each and every day. We are under threat by an administration that would rather cage children than passing comprehensive immigration reform.”
“An administration that would rather give billionaires tax breaks than provide a little cushion for working people,” she continued. “An administration that would rather attack fellow Americans who are transgender and wear our country’s uniform than fight for equality and opportunity for all.”
The congresswoman added: “I did not run for Congress to be silent. I did not run for Congress to sit on the sidelines. I ran because I believed it was time to restore moral clarity and courage to Congress. To fight and to defend our democracy.”
“No one person – no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious – can threaten my unwavering love for America,” she said. “I stand undeterred to continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans.”
And, finally, “Thank you for standing with me – against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country – to fight for the America we all deserve.”
The series of tweets are in response to President Trump, Republican Congressman and wounded veteran Dan Crenshaw, and several others who criticized Omar for referring to the terror attack on 9/11 as “some people did something.”
While Omar did not mention any of these people by name, ABC News reports the tweets were most likely a direct response to Trump who shared a video of the congresswoman’s remarks alongside live coverage of the 9/11 attacks.
From ABC News:
On Friday, the president tweeted a video that used footage of 9/11 with comments Omar made at the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The 43-second video captures Omar saying “some people did something,” in reference to terrorists who killed thousands when they crashed planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. The video, which features dramatic music and video of the chaos in downtown Manhattan, asks “Some people did something?”
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Conservatives viewed Omar’s comments as dismissive of 9/11.
“First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as “some people who did something. Unbelievable,” wrote Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw, an Afghanistan war veteran.
It’s not the first time Omar’s comments have sparked controversy. Shortly after entering office, Omar accused Israel of having too much power in Washington because of its powerful financial lobbying and questioned the loyalty of some Jewish Americans.
“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” Omar said. Her comments were criticized as being anti-Semitic and accusing some Jewish people of having loyalty to both America and Israel.