TLAIB: ‘They do this all the time to us…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., rushed to defend their friend Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., after Omar said the 9/11 terror attacks were “something some people did,” claiming criticisms of Omar’s comments incited “violence” against the controversial freshman Democrat.
The New York Post responded to Omar’s comments by printing an image of the burning World Trade Towers on its front page.
Ocasio-Cortez said the response was unnecessary and “upsetting” to many New Yorkers who witnessed the tragic event.
“We are getting to the level where this is an incitement of violence against progressive women of color and if they can’t figure out how to get it back to policy, we need to call it out for what it is because this is not normal,” she told reporters.
After Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, a former Navy SEAL, responded to Omar’s comments, calling them “unbelievable,” Ocasio-Cortez attacked him on Twitter.
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.
In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don’t you go do something about that? https://t.co/rkb92IxkKX
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 11, 2019
Tlaib also defended Omar, saying she’s the kind of person who “speaks truth to power.”
“They do this all the time to us, especially women of color. They do that. They take our words out of context because they are afraid because we speak truth, we speak truth to power,” Tlaib told MSNBC. “My sister, Ilhan Omar, what she was talking about was uplifting people by supporting their civil liberties and their civil rights.”
“Taking it out of context, this is just a pure racist act by many of those, hateful acts by those, because she does speak the truth,” Tlaib continued. “I’m really outraged because as a person who has gotten direct death threats myself I know that her life is put in more danger. The fact that these people are irresponsibly taking those words out of context and endangering the life of Rep. Omar is immoral, it is wrong, and it needs to be called out by many of my colleagues, not just myself. They need to stop targeting her this way, it is absolutely putting her life in danger.”