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 Tlaib (D-Mich.) expressed frustration over how Democratic leadership is handling criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar (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.”
They put us in photos when they want to show our party is diverse. 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. To truly honor our diversity is to never silence us. https://t.co/7T1OlwS1YG
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 13, 2019
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 Trump 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 Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Saturday condemned Trump’s use of “the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack.”
The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence. The President shouldn’t use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 13, 2019
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.