This afternoon, President Trump directly attacked our first refugee Congresswoman, piling on with the rest of the right-wing’s bad faith and obviously racist attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her remarks on the 9/11 terror attacks that have been taken wildly out of context and used to fuel a disgusting smear campaign against her.
In a crude and hastily assembled video, the President played Omar’s laughably tame remarks followed by a video of the 9/11 attacks. The video does not include any of her previous remarks, which make it clear why American Islamophobes are really so angry at her:
“Here’s the truth. For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it. CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties. So you can’t just say that today someone is looking at me strange and that I am trying to make myself look pleasant. You have to say that this person is looking at me strange, I am not comfortable with it, and I am going to talk to them and ask them why. Because that is the right you have.”
Any examination of the rabid right-wing response makes it clear that it is not so much her remarks about 9/11 but the idea of a Muslim — especially a woman — standing up for herself and refusing to meekly accept the Islamophobia and discrimination that courses through American society that truly enrages them.
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President Trump, of course, is the last person who gets to complain about disrespecting 9/11, since on the very day the terror attacks happened Donald Trump went to the media and bragged about how he had the tallest building in New York City — a far more repulsively offensive thing to say. While the nation was in shock and mourning, he was still thinking only of himself.
Since the president is tweeting out 9/11 footage, here’s a clip of him *ON* 9/11 talking about how now he owned the tallest building in the area since the towers fell. pic.twitter.com/BM403PspDi
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) April 12, 2019
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. This tweet from the president is certain to drastically increase the harassment and threats that she is forced to endure. We cannot stay silent as racists do their best to make sure our first refugee Congresswoman is murdered in an act of schotastic terrorism.
Here is the president’s abhorrent tweet.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019