President TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE tweeted an edited video of recent comments from Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSenate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Overnight Defense & National Security — DOD watchdog to review extremism screening Omar calls for closure of Guantánamo Bay prison after 20 years of 'lawlessness and cruelty' MORE (D-Minn.) about the 9/11 attacks that provoked an avalanche of conservative criticism.
The video shows Omar speaking to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in March interspersed with video of the 9/11 attacks. Omar’s comments that “some people did something,” referring to 9/11, are spliced in between segments of footage, with the words “September 11, 2001 We remember” appearing at the end.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
Omar’s comment has gone viral among conservative social media circles, with Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawThis issue will secure a Democratic wipeout in 2022 House Ethics panel dismisses security screening fine issued to GOP lawmaker Juan Williams: The GOP is an anti-America party MORE (R-Texas) slamming the comment as “unbelievable” and Fox News host Brian Kilmeade questioning on air “You have to wonder if she’s an American first.”
But many of the criticisms cut out the end of Omar’s quote in which she said that many Muslims across the country were being improperly connected with the attacks.
“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,” she said.
CAIR was founded in 1994, but Omar's office has said she misspoke and meant to note that the organization doubled in size after the 2001 attacks.
Several of Omar’s House allies defended her once the criticism began, with Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse Democrats inquire about possible census undercount in Detroit, other communities Michigan redistricting spat exposes competing interests in Democratic coalition Tlaib announces run in new Detroit district with Lawrence retiring MORE (D-Mich.), another Muslim freshman congresswoman in the House, slamming a New York Post cover with the edited quote as spreading hate and “endangering the life of Rep. Omar.”
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