Trump's 9/11 Tweet Sparks New Partisan Rancor

The tweet mentions Rep. Omar's reference to 9/11
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2019 10:05 AM CDT
Trump's 9/11 Tweet Sparks New Partisan Rancor
Rep. Ilhan Omar on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Democrats responded Saturday to President Trump's tweet of a 9/11 video that included an attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar, the Washington Post reports. The video shows New York's twin towers burning and includes bits of Omar's comments that have drawn criticism, especially "some people did something" on 9/11. "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!" Trump tweeted Friday. Washington's partisan divide quickly cracked open a little further: GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw called Omar's words "unbelievable," per CBS News, while Nancy Pelosi said "the memory of 9/11" was "sacred ground," and criticized Trump for using "the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack." Bernie Sanders praised Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, tweeting that "she won’t back down to Trump’s racism and hate, and neither will we."

Omar made the 9/11 remark in a speech about Islamophobia at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a week after 50 Muslims were killed in attacks on two New Zealand mosques. "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," 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. 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." (More Ilhan Omar stories.)

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