“We are getting to the level where this is an incitement of violence against progressive women of color.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., complained to reporters on Thursday that the right’s criticism of comments about the Sept. 11 attacks by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D.-Minn., is “an incitement of violence against progressive women of color.”
Speaking in the halls of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Ocasio-Cortez singled out for scorn an email by college Republicans calling her a “domestic terrorist” and a front-page New York Post editorial slamming Omar.
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“The levels which Republicans and conservative groups, whether they are official party apparatuses, sending out emails calling me and others domestic terrorists or whether it’s Ruppert Murdoch and the New York Post printing on the front page to circulate all around New York City an image that is incredibly upsetting and triggering for New Yorkers that were actually there and were actually in the radius that woke up one morning or were in there schools and didn’t know if they were going to see their parents at the end of the day,” she said.
“We are getting to the level where this is an incitement of violence against progressive women of color and if they can’t figure out how to get it back to policy, we need to call it out for what it is because this is not normal.”
Omar – who has courted controversy by repeatedly criticizing the United States and Israel and seeming to minimize Islamist terrorism – has come under renewed fire this week after a video went viral of her last month calling the deadliest terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil: “some people did something.”
In the 20-minute address to a Council on American-Islamic Relations banquet in California on March 23, Omar urged fellow Muslims to refuse to be “terrorized” following attacks by extremist members of their religion.
“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.”
Earlier Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez berated Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, on Twitter for calling Omar’s remarks about 9/11 “unbelievable.” She faulted the former Navy SEAL, who lost an eye while serving in Afghanistan, for allegedly taking Omar’s words out of context and for not cosponsoring the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund.
Ocasio-Cortez bizarrely suggested that Crenshaw 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
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, also defended Omar during an appearance on MSNBC Thursday, saying the backlash to her comments threatens her fellow Muslim congresswoman’s life.
“This is just pure racist act by many of those, hateful acts by those because she does speak truth when she talks about different issues they don’t disagree with,” Tlaid said. “I’m outraged. And I’m really outraged because as a person that has gotten direct death threats myself, I know that her life is put in more danger and I see her not just my sister and colleague, but as a mother of three.”
Omar spoke out for 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.”
Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib defends Rep. Ilhan Omar’s 9/11 comments: “she does speak truth”
Tlaib suggests that those who are criticizing Omar are racist pic.twitter.com/of0rgKeCWg
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 11, 2019
Since joining Congress in January, Omar, Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez have staked out positions well to the left of their party’s establishment, in some cases triggering pushback from its leaders. All three of the freshman Democratic women have accused their critics of targeting them for bigoted reasons.
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