Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York City in Congress, rushed to the defense of her fellow freshman Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar on Thursday over her comments trivializing the 9/11 terror attacks.
The NY Post reports,
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted criticism at The Post for its coverage of Omar’s remarks — which included how “some people did something” on 9/11 — but offered no similar rebuke of her close pal.
“I’m not going to quote the NY Post’s horrifying, hateful cover,” AOC wrote. “Here’s 1 fact: @IlhanMN is a cosponsor of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. She‘s done more for 9/11 families than the GOP who won’t even support healthcare for 1st responders – yet are happy to weaponize her faith.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet made no mention at all of the comments Omar made in a speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
“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,” Omar, one of two Muslim women in Congress, told the organization.
Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan also supported Omar when she was asked during an appearance on MSNBC if Omar should have rethought her words.
“They do this all the time to us, especially women of color … they take our words out of context because they’re afraid because we speak truth, we speak truth to power,” Tlaib said of her fellow Muslim in Congress.
“She was talking about uplifting people by supporting their civil liberties and civil rights,” Tlaib added. As a refugee herself, “she sees what terrorism can do, she sees what violence can do to a whole country, to a whole people.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who entered Congress with Omar and Tlaib this year, also slammed GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas, who called Omar’s comments “unbelievable.”
“First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something,’” Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost an eye fighting in Afghanistan, wrote on Twitter Tuesday.
“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,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don’t you go do something about that?”
CAIR was created in 1994, but the organization increased its advocacy after the 9/11 attacks.