Socialist and Democratic member of Congress Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is defending Rep. Ilhan Omar over a controversial comment she made about the 9/11 attacks. Based on the response Ocasio-Cortez is now receiving, she may be secretly regretting it.
As we previously reported, Omar was speaking at a March fundraiser for the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and told attendees that “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 was immediately criticized for the statement, which many say trivializes the tragedy. Others criticized Omar for not making a forceful condemnation against radical Islam, especially in front of CAIR, who has been accused of having loose ties to radical terror groups.
President Trump addressed her comments directly, tweeting out video of her comments intercut with footage of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez angrily defended Omar and criticized Trump, claiming he is stirring violence towards the Muslim congresswoman. “Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President’s explicit attack today,” AOC tweeted Friday evening. “@IlhanMN’s life is in danger. For our colleagues to be silent is to be complicit in the outright, dangerous targeting of a member of Congress. We must speak out.”
Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President’s explicit attack today.@IlhanMN’s life is in danger. 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…” pic.twitter.com/ygOX1vhE9j
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 12, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez is getting some support, mostly from Democratic presidential candidates looking to unseat Donald Trump. That includes Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris.
Strangely, the Democratic leadership in Congress has been strangely silent on AOC’s call to defend Omar. She is hearing, however, from many who criticize her for quoting from a Holocaust poem used to defend Jews, and in turn, using it to call Trump Nazi-like. Given Omar’s opposition to Israel, using the Holocaust poem to defend her seems highly hypocritical.
Have you ever been to the Holocaust Museum? Go for a visit and take Omar with you.
— Joyce Tyler (@joyce_tyler) April 13, 2019
Quoting a Holocaust survivor in an attempt to defend an unapologetic anti-Semite is slobberingly retarded, even by your already low standards. If self-awareness was quantifiable, I’m certain yours would make your low IQ look like Zack Morris’s SAT score.
— BurtReynoldsMustache (@MustacheDeBurt) April 12, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez’s defense of Omar’s 9/11 comment hasn’t gone over well in her New York district, where the terror attacks hit close to home for many. Considering AOC won her primary contest by the slimmest of margins, there will likely be a deep political cost. The self-proclaimed socialist is already on thin ice with her constituents for being a lead voice that led Amazon to pull out of New York, taking thousands of jobs with them.
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