Ocasio-Cortez just absolutely wrecked Dan Crenshaw for his racist 9/11 smear against Ilhan Omar

The Republican war against the freshmen Democratic women of color took a dangerous turn this week with a disgusting and racist attack against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that attempted to smear the Muslim Congresswoman as a terrorist.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw, the eye-patched Texas Republican who was mocked and then sanitized and whitewashed by Saturday Night Live took to Twitter and took recent remarks by Rep. Omar out of context. Echoing other right-wing voices like FOX News and the New York Post, he accused her of downplaying the severity of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and promoting the false and racist accusation that the Council of American-Islamic Relations is a terrorist organization.

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The bad faith attacks are just latest in a despicable smear campaign against her based on her race and her faith. Ilhan Omar is a refugee from Somalia, a country that has been ravaged for decades by warring terrorist groups like the Islamic Courts Union and the ISIS-affiliated al-Shabaab, and knows better than anyone the horrors that terrorism wreaks.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been a vocal defender of Ilhan throughout the months of reckless demonization by major figures on the right-wing (who had just a little help from finger-wagging centrists), and dropped a hammer on Crenshaw by calling out his infuriating hypocrisy when it comes to the 9/11 terror attacks.

While Republicans have been very good at never forgetting 9/11 when it comes time to slander Muslims and advance their apocalyptic Islamophobic agendas, they have proven to be very forgetful indeed when it comes to the people who sacrificed their lives and their health in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Republicans tried to kill the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund entirely in 2011 and getting them to agree to any increases in funding has been like pulling teeth. It’s just another example of how the well-being of the American people means absolutely nothing to your average Republican; they’ll happily use our first responders and veterans as rhetorical sledgehammers but when it comes time to actually provide material benefits to their lives, the GOP is nowhere to be found.

Ilhan Omar has already been barraged with death threats from right-wing psychopaths thanks to the conservative media, and every drummed up false outrage puts her life in literal danger. We cannot stay silent as racists do their best to make sure our first refugee Congresswoman is murdered in an act of schotastic terrorism.

Some kind of show of support from Speaker Pelosi would be nice.

 

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Colin Taylor

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Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.


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