Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Friday night called on members of Congress to rebuke President Donald Trump over a video he shared on twitter showing Rep. Ilhan Omar's controversial quote on the 9/11 terrorist interspersed with video of the attacks on New York City.
Omar is quoted in the video saying the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) was founded after 9/11 because "some people did something." CAIR was actually founded in 1994, though its membership spiked after the 9/11 attacks.
"Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President’s explicit attack today," Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. "Her life is in danger. For our colleagues to be silent is to be complicit in the outright, dangerous targeting of a member of Congress. We must speak out."
By Saturday, several Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, had spoken out, saying, the president "shouldn't use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack."
Other comments included:
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.:
"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."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.:
"The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion. It's disgusting. It's shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it."
Former Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum:
"There is no rock bottom to @realDonaldTrump. His tweet is out of context, morally & factually dishonest, & threatening @IlhanMN. His dangerous, cowardly behavior behind a keyboard deserves the strongest rebuke from ALL Americans & a suspension, @jack. #SuspendTrumpsAccount"
Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass.:
"President Trump understands the weight his words carry. His tweet about Congresswoman Ilhan Omar puts her life & her family’s lives at risk. Our outrage should be nonpartisan. That it’s not will only give him license to continue to incite violence."
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii
".@realDonaldTrump’s unconscionable attack on Rep. @IlhanMN feeds the racist right wing fear of all Muslims. Once again, Trump shows us there is no low to which he won’t sink."
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