Ilhan Omar accuses Meghan McCain of trafficking in 'anti-Muslim smears and hate speech'
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Freshman Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' Democrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise MORE (D-Minn.) lashed out at “The View” co-host Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainKasich to Meghan McCain: Concern over abortion 'dwarfed' by need to beat Trump Meghan McCain says she believes report Trump called fallen soldiers 'losers' Meghan McCain hits Ivanka Trump's defense of president's Twitter: It's not a 'communication style,' it's 'cruelty' MORE on Thursday after McCain criticized supporters of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice Bernie Sanders warns of 'nightmare scenario' if Trump refuses election results Harris joins women's voter mobilization event also featuring Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda MORE (I-Vt.) and alleged that they are misogynistic, “abusive and inspired by [Sanders]” online.

“The same people who chastise the progressive movement regularly traffic in anti-Muslim smears and hate speech against me and those I represent,” Omar tweeted Thursday, sharing two images of tweets from McCain.

“It’s almost as if they don't genuinely care about online harassment,” Omar continued.

McCain shared the first tweet Wednesday during the Nevada Democratic primary debate, writing: “Bernie - your army of Bernie bro’s are the worst in all of the internet and every woman on both sides knows it. Mysoginistic (sic), abusive and inspired by you. There’s no army of Pete bots or Biden bots abusing women! #DemDebate.” 

Sanders defended his online supporters during the debate, saying that he does not believe they are aggressive or critical of other Democratic candidates online. In a heated moment, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice Hillicon Valley: FBI, DHS warn that foreign hackers will likely spread disinformation around election results | Social media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day | Trump to meet with Republican state officials on tech liability shield Facebook takes down Chinese network targeting Philippines, Southeast Asia and the US MORE said the Vermont independent's supporters were “at war” with culinary union leaders in the state who had previously criticized Sanders’s health care plan.

The second image is a screengrab of a tweet allegedly from McCain, in which she shared another tweet accusing Omar of marrying her brother. “The View” co-host appeared to add: “How is this not a bigger deal?”


The tweet is not shared to McCain’s official Twitter account as of Thursday evening.

Omar has repeatedly denied the allegation that she married her brother. The lawmaker released a statement in 2016, before she was elected to Congress, saying “A number of baseless rumors have been made recently about my personal life and family. I will say it again here: they are absolutely false and ridiculous,” The New York Times reported.

This is not the first time Omar and McCain have clashed.

Last year, McCain called for some of Omar’s rhetoric that others have called anti-Semitic to be addressed following a deadly shooting at a California synagogue, although Omar had apologized for the statements. 

McCain was pressed by “Late Night” host Seth Meyers last year on her criticism of Omar. Meyers asked McCain if she thought people who talk about Omar, one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress, need to be careful "or do you stand by those comments of tying her to this, her rhetoric to the synagogue shooting."