Omar thanks supporters, slams critics: No one can threaten ‘my unwavering love for America’

Greg Nash

Rep. Ilhan Omar (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.

{mosads}”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.

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 Trump 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 Sanders (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.”

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