AOC’s Twitter attacks ‘demonstrate a lack of civility that is becoming far too common in the U.S. House of Representatives…’
Ocasio–Cortez was criticized Friday for asking via Twitter why Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, a veteran of the Afghanistan war, doesn’t “do something” about domestic terrorists.
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
Last month, Ocasio–Cortez accepted Barr’s invitation to “go underground” into a Kentucky coal mine so that he can show the author of the sweeping Green New Deal the “real life implications” of the climate change legislation that Republicans say would put coal miners out of business.
But in a letter Friday to the New York Democrat, Barr said she must first offer a mea culpa to “our colleague and patriot to our country.”
Barr said her recent comments about Crenshaw “demonstrate a lack of civility that is becoming far too common in the U.S. House of Representatives.”
Omar said that “some people did something” as she talked about the creation of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which was formed after the terrorist attacks.
Crenshaw tweeted that Omar’s remarks were “unbelievable” and that she was the “first Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something.'”
First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as “some people who did something”.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 9, 2019
Ocasio–Cortez accused Crenshaw of twisting Omar’s words.
Barr noted in his letter to Ocasio–Cortez that Crenshaw served three tours of duty in Afghanistan.
“[N]ot only has Congressman Crenshaw ‘done something’ to combat terrorism, he was wounded by an improvised explosive device while serving—causing him to lose his right eye,” Barr said.
Barr in the Friday letter said Ocasio–Cortez’s remarks about Crenshaw went too far.
“I have always though regardless of political party, beliefs or ideology, that we need to treat all of our colleagues with respect and dignity,” Barr said, adding that an apology “would be a step toward restoring a culture of respect among members of the U.S. House of Representatives—a culture I hold in high esteem.”
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