Democrats Rally Around Congresswoman Omar after Right Wing Attacks

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speaks outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2019 (REUTERS/Jim Bourg).

There has been an outpouring of support for Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who has faced continued attacks and threats from conservatives after statements she made regarding the September 11, 2001 attacks were taken out of context.

Omar, one of the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress, found herself in a new controversy after speaking at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) event in Los Angeles on March 23. Omar said that the organization had been founded after 9/11 because it recognized “some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

Members of the Republican party and conservative media pounced on Omar’s remarks and accused her of minimizing the terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000 people. The New York Post…

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4 comments

  • denise.alden

    I’m glad some Democrats have stepped up in support of Rep. Omar, but there needs to be a lot more of them, starting with the two senators from my home state of Minnesota. I called their offices and told them I expected better.

  • coloradoerik3030

    I think Democrats also need to shoulder some of the blame with this. This wasn’t the first incident where Omar’s commentary was misconstrued. She made a few comments against Israeli policies and lobbying groups that support Israel and hardly any of her Democratic colleagues came to her defense. I think Republicans are a lost cause when it comes to protecting their colleagues but I expect much more of Democrats. Shame on them.

    • JMillard

      Nancy Pelosi led the charge to make a statement in the House against racism, clearly targeting Ms. Omar. That is not what I expect fro the Dem. Speaker of the House. I think that emboldened many people to rail against the first-term Congresswoman. This is sticking together?? Ugh.

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