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AOC Attacks Critics of Omar on 9/11: Go Do Something About Right-Wing Terrorists

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defends fellow Democrat Ilhan Omar over comments downplaying 9/11

 on 12th April 2019 @ 3.00pm
ocasio cortez blasted critics of ilhan omar s comments downplaying 9 11  suggesting they should  go do something about   right wing extremists © press
Ocasio-Cortez blasted critics of Ilhan Omar's comments downplaying 9/11, suggesting they should 'go do something about' 'right-wing extremists'

Radical New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has blasted those critical of her fellow controversial Democrat Ilhan Omar's comments trivializing 9/11, saying they should "go do something about" the "right-wing extremists" responsible for "almost all US domestic terrorist killings" instead.

Ocasio-Cortez leaped to Omar's defense Thursday after Republicans criticized her friend and colleague for describing the September 11th attacks as "some people did something."

Omar made the comment downplaying the attacks - that cost almost 3000 American lives - at a recent speech at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)  - a group designated by the United Arab Emirates as a terrorist organization.

During her appearance she was calling for an end to discrimination against Muslims, before stating:

"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."

Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw blasted Omar's remarks on Twitter and tweeted out a short excerpt from Fox News host Brian Kilmeade, who questioned whether she was "an American first."

Ocasio-Cortez attacked Crenshaw in Omar's defense on Twitter, accusing him of using "out-of-context quotes" to go after her. 

The tweet also referenced the front page of Thursday's New York Post which shredded the Minnesota freshman congresswoman.

Ocasio-Cortez accused Crenshaw of not doing enough to support victims of 9/11 before suggesting he should "do something" about "right-wing" terrorists instead of criticizing Ilhan Omar.

"You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim's Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes," AOC wrote.

"In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don't you go do something about that?" she added.

In full quote from Omar's speech at the event, she said: "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.

"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."

She also stated in the speech: "As an American member of Congress, I have to make sure I live up to the ideals of fighting for liberty and justice — those are very much rooted in the reason why my family came here."

Omar spoke about emigrating to the U.S. as a child who lived in a Somali refugee camp.

ilhan omar has received fierce criticism for her comments downplaying the 9 11 attacks © press
Ilhan Omar has received fierce criticism for her comments downplaying the 9/11 attacks

According to the Daily Mail, Republicans blasted Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, for the remark, accusing her of dismissing the attacks, which left 2,977 people dead.

The New York Post even went as far as to splash a photograph one of the World Trade Center towers collapsing in a ball of flames, with the banner: "Rep. Ilhan Omar: 9/11 was 'some people did something.'"

Omar hit out at the "double standards" she claims she suffers, telling The Late Show host Stephen Colbert that she is "as American as everyone else," and is the victim of anti-Muslim discrimination.

Last week, New York authorities arrested a man for allegedly threatening to "put a bullet in her [expletive] skull."

Defending her right to speak freely, she told Colbert: "I took an oath - I took an oath to the Constitution. I am as American as everyone else is."

Omar also told Colbert that when others accuse the Trump administration of white nationalism "no one bats an eye," but when she does it, it provokes the ire right-wing press.

The Minnesota congresswoman was specifically referring to her most recent controversy, in which she was attacked by President Donald Trump for calling his Jewish senior adviser Stephen Miller a "white nationalist."

"Stephen Miller is a white nationalist. The fact that he still has influence on policy and political appointments is an outrage," she tweeted on Monday.

Her tweet caught the attention of Trump, who blasted Omar for targeting Jewish people. 

TV host Colbert noted that he has called Miller a white nationalist multiple times on his own show without ever receiving the same level of criticism as the member of US Congress. 

"I think because you're a Muslim, you're a woman, you're a person of color, you're given less latitude than someone like me," he said.

Omar claims that when a congressman had called Miller a white supremacist last year "no one batted an eye."

Adding: "And you see this outrage when I speak the truth.

"Everyone else's truth is allowed, but my truth can never be."

ilhan omar controversial remarks have drawn ire from both republicans and her fellow democrats © press
Ilhan Omar controversial remarks have drawn ire from both Republicans and her fellow Democrats

Omar has provoked scathing criticism from conservative commentators, including Fox News host Brian Kilmeade, who questioned whether she was "an American first."

Kilmeade later clarified his statement on Twitter, writing: "I didn't intend to question whether Rep. Omar is an American - I am questioning how any American, let alone a United States Congresswoman, could downplay the 9/11 attacks."

"I expect my colleagues to also say: 'That's not okay', they should condone that and call that out," Omar told Colbert. 

"Or when people call me a terrorist or when people say that because I am Muslim and an immigrant and a refugee that I can't have loyalty to our country.

"I took an oath to uphold the Constitution, I am as American as everyone else is.

"And this kind of double standard is really quite offensive, and it's very much embedded in our culture these days."

When Colbert asked Omar why she believed she had become a "lightning rod" for criticism from both Republicans and Democrats, the congresswoman said the answer was merely her identity. 

"If you think about historically where our nation is right now, there are many members of our community, their identities are lightning rods," she said. 

"They're being used as political football - immigrants, refugees, women of color, people of color, minorities, Muslims.

"I happen to embody all of those identities, so it's easy for this to be kind of self-explanatory."

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