“Right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Corez, D-N.Y., lashed out at Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, on Twitter Thursday, suggesting he has no right to speak about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
Ocasio-Cortez was responding to Crenshaw’s recent criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for saying of the deadliest terrorist attack in history: “some people did something.” In a scattershot tweet, Ocasio-Cortez faulted Crenshaw for allegedly taking Omar’s words out of context and for not cosponsoring the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund.
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She also bizarrely suggested that he should instead focus on right-wing extremists because they are the deadliest domestic terrorists.
“Why don’t you go do something about that?” she demanded.
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
Ocasio-Cortez has previously made a number of remarks critical of white people.
Before being elected to Congress last year, Crenshaw served for 10 years as a Navy SEAL. During a 2012 deployment to Afghanistan, he lost his right eye in an IED explosion. He received two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with valor.
Crenshaw was among a number of conservatives who this week spoke out against Omar’s comments about 9/11, calling them “unbelievable.”
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
The backlash came after Mohammad Tawhidi, an Australian man who calls himself “the imam of peace,” tweeted a video clip of Omar making the remarks to a Council on American-Islamic Relations banquet in California on March 23.
In her 20 minute address – which was protested by hundreds of people, some of who shouted anti-Muslim slogans, according to reports – Omar urged the crowd not to “hide” after Islamist terrorist attacks.
“Many people expect our community to feel like it needs to hide every time something happens,” she said. “But repeatedly we have shown them that we are not to be bullied, not to be threatened, we are not to be terrorized, we are strong and resilient, and we will always show up to be ourselves because we know we have a right to a dignified existence and a dignified life.”
Omar – who like Ocasio-Cortez and Crenshaw is a freshman Congress member – has repeatedly stirred controversy by criticizing U.S. policy in the Middle East and showing understanding for terrorists. In February, her frequent bashing of Israel went too far even for fellow Democrats, and she had to apologize for saying U.S. support for the Jewish state is “all about the Benjamins baby.”
However, some progressives, including Ocasio-Cortez, have consistently stood by her and sought to portray her critics as bigoted.
Omar defended herself in an appearance Wednesday on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
“I took an oath to uphold the Constitution,” she told the host. “I am as American as everyone else is.”
Ocasio-Cortez seemed moved to weigh in on the 9/11 uproar after the New York Post on Thursday denounced Omar in a front-page editorial, which she called “horrifying” and “hateful.”
“Rep Ilhan Omar: 9/11 Was ‘Some People Did Something,’” blared the cover, which included a photo of the former Twin Towers on fire in the moments before they collapsed. “Here’s your something — 2,977 people dead by terrorism.”
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