Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. jumped to the defense of fellow freshman Democrat Ilhan Omar who is facing major backlash after a speech at a Muslim rights group’s event in which she described the September 11, 2001, terror attacks that left nearly 3,000 Americans dead as “some people did something”.
The comment has drawn ire from the likes of Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Tx, and the New York Post, which published a dramatic front page Thursday with an infamous photo of New York City’s Twin Towers on fire on the day of the attacks, Fox News reports.
The page read: “Here’s your something: 2,977 people dead by terrorism.”
Tlaib, when asked by MSNBC if Omar should have rethought her words, said that she had been taken out of context.
“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,” Tlaib said.
“My sister Ilhan Omar, what she was talking about, was uplifting people by supporting their civil liberties and civil rights,” Tlaib said. “She has always, always condemned any strategy, especially of a person directly impacted by being a refugee herself.”
“She sees what terrorism can do. She sees what violence can do to a whole country, to a whole people,” the Muslim said.
Omar spoke at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) fundraiser last month, where she called upon other Muslim Americans to “make people uncomfortable” and to “raise hell” with their activism and presence in the society and criticized the Jewish state.
Tlaib invited a pro-Hezbollah, anti-Israel activist to her swearing-in ceremony and the following private dinner in January. Days later, an op-ed column she wrote in 2006 for Final Call, a Nation of Islam publication Louis Farrakhan founded, surfaced. She also has come under scrutiny for having ties to other anti-Israel individuals and for questioning the loyalty of Republican lawmakers who support the Jewish nation-state.
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