Taking to Twitter today, the controversial congresswoman quoted President Bush who said on September 14, 2001, “The people — and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!”
“Was Bush downplaying the terrorist attack?” Omar wondered on the social media platform. “What if he was a Muslim” she wrote.
Omar has come under fire for a recent speech she gave at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) where she said that the group 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.”
The congresswoman’s comments sparked outrage across the country, and yesterday, the front page of the New York Post slammed the lawmaker for her dismissive remarks.
The newspaper featured a devastating photograph of the World Trade Center Towers along with the headline, “Here is your something.” The secondary headline reads, “2,977 people dead by terrorism.”
Since her comments went viral, Omar defended herself, telling Late Show host Stephen Colbert ‘I took an oath – I took an oath to the Constitution. I am as American as everyone else is.” She also lamented the “double standards” she faces and claims she is discriminated against for her Islamic faith.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said that the conservative backlash from Omar’s comments have created an “incitement of violence against progressive women of color.”
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) also came to Omar’s defense, claiming her colleague’s words were taken out of context in a “pure racist act.”
Speaking to MSNBC, Tlaib said, “They do that all the time, especially women of color, they take our words out of context because they’re afraid because we speak truth, we speak truth to power. This is just pure racist act,” she said.
“My sister, Ilhan Omar, what she was talking about, was uplifting people by supporting their civil liberties and civil rights,” Tlaib added. “She has always, always condemned any strategy, especially of a person directly impacted by a refugee herself.”