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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 TlaibProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream MORE (D-Mich.) expressed frustration over how Democratic leadership is handling criticism of Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez: Republicans don't believe Democrats 'have the stones to play hardball' Progressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates 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. 

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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven 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 PelosiOn The Money: Trump says stimulus deal will happen after election | Holiday spending estimates lowest in four years | Domestic workers saw jobs, hours plummet due to COVID Hoyer lays out ambitious Democratic agenda for 2021, with health care at top CNN won't run pro-Trump ad warning Biden will raise taxes on middle class 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

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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.