Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez, Bush push to add expanded unemployment in .5T spending plan Enough with the GDP — it's time to measure genuine progress Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats eye potential carbon price in reconciliation bill MORE (D-Minn.) thanked supporters on Saturday as the hashtag "#IstandwithIlhan" entered its second day on the list of top trending terms on Twitter in the United States.
In a series of tweets Saturday afternoon, Omar vowed that her love for the U.S. was unquestionable amid attacks from conservatives and allies of the president aimed at her loyalty to the country, as well as criticism of comments about 9/11 that some viewed as dismissive.
"I did not run for Congress to be silent. I did not run for Congress to sit on the sidelines. I ran because I believed it was time to restore moral clarity and courage to Congress. To fight and to defend our democracy," Omar wrote.
"No one person – no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious – can threaten my unwavering love for America. I stand undeterred to continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans," she continued.
"Thank you for standing with me – against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country – to fight for the America we all deserve," Omar concluded.
An administration that would rather give billionaires tax breaks than provide a little cushion for working people. An administration that would rather attack fellow Americans who are transgender and wear our country’s uniform than fight for equality and opportunity for all.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 13, 2019
No one person – no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious – can threaten my unwavering love for America. I stand undeterred to continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 13, 2019
Thank you for standing with me – against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country – to fight for the America we all deserve.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 13, 2019
Omar, a freshman Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, has been at the center of a storm of criticism on the right for comments she made to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE shared Friday in an edited video that superimposed the remarks over images and video of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
In her original remarks, Omar made a passing reference to 9/11 while explaining how the issue was used as a cudgel by some to advocate for taking away civil liberties from Muslim Americans.
Trump's video prompted a backlash from some Democrats who accused him of using the 9/11 terrorist attacks for personal political gain, and for inciting hatred against the congresswoman days after a self-declared Trump supporter was arrested for making death threats against Omar.
"Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage," wrote Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats urge Biden to commute sentences of 4K people on home confinement Briahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' Sanders 'disappointed' in House panel's vote on drug prices MORE (I-Vt.), considered one of the party's 2020 frontrunners. "She won't back down to Trump's racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end."
Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won't back down to Trump's racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 13, 2019