First she was blasted as being anti-Semitic. Now Rep. Ilhan Omar is accused of being anti-American. So wrote RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel in a tweet Tuesday in response to comments Omar made last month about the 9/11 attacks. McDaniel doesn't stand alone on the right in her criticism. What you need to know:
- The quote: While at a fundraiser for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in LA on March 23, Omar said, "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." (USA Today notes she was mistaken about CAIR's founding, which happened in 1994.)
- The pickup: The Daily Beast reports the comments began making the rounds this week among right-wing media outlets, "with conservatives interpreting them as minimizing the terrorist attack."