AOC Responds To The New York Post’s Bigoted 9/11 Smear Of Ilhan Omar

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.

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’s cover was widely decried as shameful.