Latest GOP Attack On Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Invokes 9/11

When she was elected last fall Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota became one of the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress, along with Rashida Tlaib.

That visibility, along with her fierce criticism of Republicans, has made her the target of right-wing bigotry in the form of violent threats and anti-Muslim smears. Omar’s name also appeared on a list of targets of a recently-arrested Coast Guard officer who was plotting acts of domestic terror.

On Friday the Congresswoman took to Twitter to share some of the abuse she’s been subjected to which has included both an instance of gas station graffiti that read “Assassinate Ilhan Omar” and, shockingly, a poster displayed at the West Virginia Capitol that pictured Omar beneath a photo of the 9/11 terror attacks and the words: “Never Forget – You Said… I Am The Proof You Have Forgotten.”

A photo of the poster was shared by a delegate in the WV House, who condemned it, and then cited by Omar who blamed the GOP’s Islamophobic rhetoric for the threats being made against her.

According to BuzzFeed News the poster was on display outside the House of Delegates chamber during a Republican Party event called  “WV GOP Day.” BuzzFeed News reports that according to local media the poster was the work of a conservative group called ACT For America, though the group has reportedly denied this.

Regardless of its authorship what’s not in dispute is that the anti-Muslim poster was on display in the state Capitol at an event organized by the West Virginia Republican Party.

Omar’s colleagues Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib came to the congresswoman’s defense on Twitter, condemning the bigoted display.

Other citizens also added their voices to the conversation, decrying the ugly anti-Muslim bigotry of the poster.

h/t: BuzzFeed News