Tlaib says Dem leadership should do more to support Omar: 'They put us in photos when they want to show our party is diverse'

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders Ocasio-Cortez throws support to Sanders at Queens rally MORE (D-Mich.) expressed frustration over how Democratic leadership is handling criticism of Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders Ocasio-Cortez throws support to Sanders at Queens rally MORE (D-Minn.), saying the freshman congresswomen are "ignored" when they speak up about issues that are important to them.

"They put us in photos when they want to show our party is diverse," she tweeted Saturday. 

"However, when we ask to be at the table, or speak up about issues that impact who we are, what we fight for & why we ran in the first place, we are ignored," she continued, quote-tweeting a California state legislative staffer who criticized "the attacks on @IlhanMN and subsequent lack of support from Democratic leadership."

A Democratic leadership aide told The Hill in a statement that there are six freshmen representatives elected to be representatives to the leadership, most of whom are people of color. 

The aide also noted that a record 18 freshmen are subcommittee chairs, ten of whom are women. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE on Friday tweeted an edited video of Omar saying “some people did something” in reference to the 9/11 attacks with footage of the damaged World Trade Center and Pentagon. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash Scrap House defense authorization provision benefitting Russia MORE (D-Calif.) on Saturday condemned Trump's use of "the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack." 

Several Democrats who are running for the party's 2020 nomination have defended Omar

Omar in March said "some people did something" in reference to the 9/11 attacks while describing Muslims' loss of "access to our civil liberties" after the incident, which led to conservative criticism.

Omar pushed back and called the criticism "dangerous incitement."

Tlaib and Omar are the first Muslim women elected to Congress.