Along with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the conservative mediasphere’s favorite new target is Rep. Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota. One of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, along with Rashida Tlaib, Omar has been attacked with baseless accusations of anti-semitism by conservatives who are affronted either by her outspokenness or her head scarf.
Now, in response to a speech that Omar made at a recent banquet for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) the NY Post has plastered a fragment of a quote referencing 9/11 from Omar over the infamous Twin Towers impact photo. The Post homed in on the sentence fragment “some people did something” presumably as insulting or dismissive while conveniently ignoring the full context of Omar’s remarks. According to The Washington Post the full sentence the words were lifted from was: “CAIR 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.”
It’s an incredibly vile and reckless move from the NY Post. The paper knows exactly what it’s doing by juxtaposing a prominent Muslim’s words with a photo of the 9/11 terror attack. Under the guise of patriotism and New York pride they are insidiously connecting Omar to the idea of Islamic extremism and terrorism to confirm the biases of pea-brained readers who are already prepared to believe the worst about a brown, Muslim woman.
In doing so they’re also stoking Islamophobia and hatred and potentially putting the congresswoman and other muslims in harm’s way. As previously reported Omar was recently named on the hit-list of a would-be domestic terrorist, has been targeted by threatening graffiti, and has even suffered anti-Muslim propaganda attacks directly connected to the GOP.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke out against the NY Post cover and pointed out that Omar’s actions to help 9/11 families mattered more than the Post twisting her words.
I’m not going to quote the NY Post’s horrifying, hateful cover.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 11, 2019
Here’s 1 fact: @IlhanMN is a cosponsor of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. She‘s done more for 9/11 families than the GOP who won’t even support healthcare for 1st responders- yet are happy to weaponize her faith.
Omar’s fellow freshman Congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib, said in an interview that the targeted attacks against Omar are putting her life in danger and should stop.
The NY Post knows exactly what it's doing - taking quotes out of context and evoking painful imagery to spread hate and endangering the life of Rep. Omar. Shame on them, and shame on Rupert Murdoch.— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 11, 2019
The NY Post’s cover was widely decried as shameful.
This is a smear campaign. @nypost cover, below. For context, click this WP link. It shows Omar used the word "some" to distinguish terrorists from "all" Muslims.— Will Saletan (@saletan) April 11, 2019
For this, self-styled opponents of prejudice have chosen to attack and misrepresent her. https://t.co/MBPt8HMmK0 pic.twitter.com/p8S06Nq4EY
My dad is a 9/11 survivor he worked on the 26th floor on the north tower.— Ohlivia (@oandsometimesy) April 11, 2019
I was at bring your daughter to work day a week before
SHAME ON THE @nypost for using our tragedy for their political agenda.
I stand with @IlhanMN pic.twitter.com/sSMyYujjC1
I’m just thinking about the New Yorkers who commuted to work this morning and and had to see the image of the Twin Towers. For many, that is a picture of their friends or family dying, and @nypost used it because Rupert Murdoch and the right wanted to land a shot on @IlhanMN.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) April 11, 2019
I just saw the cover and I’m absolutely disgusted. Can’t say I’m surprised as the NY Post has only ever been a Rupert Murdoch propaganda outlet. Stay strong and safe @IlhanMN and keep speaking truth to power.— Kat_Melnikoff (@KatMelnikoff) April 11, 2019
Yes, the NY Post is full of Islamophobic inhuman shitbags who are actively inspiring radicals to go after Rep. Omar, but just because they put an image of 9/11 on the cover doesn't mean you should share it. We don't really need to re-live that all morning.— Slade (@Slade) April 11, 2019
This is islamophobic, it's incitement, and it's going to trigger violence against a Member of Congress and those who share her faith.— Alex (@Wonko_the_sane_) April 11, 2019
I'm not happy with some of @IlhanMN's comments, but they are disagreements that can be addressed civilly. Shame on you, @nypost. pic.twitter.com/NCWBpnBuNm
the NY Post cover is appalling and genuinely frightening. I admire Ilhan Omar's courage so much, and it makes me depressed as hell how little support she is getting from other Dems!! https://t.co/eiUDOSuEHF— Callie Beusman (@cal_beu) April 11, 2019