Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., faced mounting criticism Thursday for feuding with freshman colleague Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, over his response to domestic terrorism.
The dustup began after Crenshaw reacted to comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who had been criticized for characterizing the 9/11 terrorist attacks as “some people did something.”
“First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something.’ Unbelievable,” Crenshaw tweeted.
That prompted Ocasio-Cortez to defend her Minnesota ally, going after the Texas congressman for not co-sponsoring the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund.
“In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don’t you go do something about that?” Ocasio-Cortez told Crenshaw.
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That sparked an avalanche of outrage, many pointing to Crenshaw’s service as a Navy SEAL in the war in Afghanistan as well as his sacrifice.
President Donald Trump tweeted a video featuring images of 9/11 to attack Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. — which drew sharp rebukes from two other freshmen representatives — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.
The video that Trump posted on Friday splices a reference Omar made about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with footage of the Twin Towers in New York collapsing. It is captioned “WE WILL NEVER FORGET.”
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Omars reference to the terrorist attacks came in a speech last month at an event hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Los Angeles.
Saying Muslim Americans are treated as second-class citizens, Omar added, “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.
In fact, CAIR was founded prior to 9/11. But it was her wording that “some people did something” —repeated in the video tweeted by Trump — that has drawn sharp criticism.
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Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., called the video an “outright, dangerous targeting of a member of Congress” that other members should speak out against.
“Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the Presidents explicit attack today,” the New York Democrat said on Twitter.
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She also quoted a poem by a German pastor, “First They Came,” which speaks to the failure of many people to resist the Nazis persecution of Jews and other groups that ultimately led to the Holocaust.
Trumps video post on Friday echoed criticism of Omar on the front page of The New York Post on Thursday , which splashed the words “Heres Your Something” over an image of the World Trade Center towers ablaze.
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Rep. Tlaib, who has been outspoken in her support of Omar, a fellow Muslim representative, called the Post cover a “pure racist act” on an interview with MSNBC Thursday.
“No more silence, with NY Post and now Trump taking Ilhans words out of context to incite violence toward her, its time for more Dems to speak up,” Tlaib said. “Clearly the GOP is fine with this shameful stunt, but we cannot stand by.”
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Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, who are both candidates for president, each came out in support of Omar after Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib tweeted their criticism of Trumps post.
“Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She wont back down to Trumps racism and hate, and neither will we,” Sanders said on Twitter. “The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end.”
The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion. Its disgusting. Its shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it.
Warren went further and said in a Friday tweet that any elected official who refuses to condemn the video “shares responsibility for it.”
“The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion,” Warren said. “Its disgusting. Its shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it.”
Omar, who has said that she has been subjected to numerous death threats, has yet to respond to the presidents video.