Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is once again at the center of a bad faith right-wing racist firestorm after President Trump tweeted out a video of her remarks at a recent Council of American-Islamic Relations fused with video of the World Trade Center attacks in an obvious attempt to incite violence against our first Muslim Congresswoman and demonize her in the eyes of the public for daring to oppose his bigotry.
The absolutely appalling attack has been met with fierce condemnation from the progressive left and shamefully tepid protests from party leadership, who have suddenly found themselves in an awkward position after having publicly danced around denouncing her while paying fealty to their donors at AIPAC just two weeks ago.
Stepping in to put things in proper perspective is Bernice King, the daughter of American civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr., who took to Twitter to remind the nation that Ilhan Omar, far from having been “dismissive” of 9/11, has been a stalwart defender of the victims of the 9/11 attacks and the Republican efforts to strip them of their healthcare funding.
King also had some pointed remarks for the president about the “hatred and bigotry” that he is promoting with his attacks on Omar and his disgraceful attempt to weaponize the 9/11 attacks — which he personally made light of on the day the attacks happened — in the “pursuit of violence.”
Thinking of @Ilhan this morning. I read that she’s done critical work to honor victims of 9/11. She has not forgotten. Remember: Hate and bigotry blind us to truth. Hate and bigotry also ignore truth in pursuit of violence. Cleansing the conscience is important. pic.twitter.com/rtNN6DWhjV
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) April 13, 2019
Nobody knows the consequences of political violence than Bernice King, whose father was assassinated by a white supremacist. His death was one of the darkest moments in American history, and we need to do everything we can to make sure that Omar, who was barraged with death threats on a daily basis even before the president attacked her, does not join him in the long and sad list of brave people of color that our country has spitefully murdered.