Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is urging lawmakers to speak out against President Trump, who shared a video that was edited to suggest that Representative Ilhan Omar downplayed the 9/11 attacks.
“Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President’s explicit attack today,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Friday. “@IlhanMN’s life is in danger. For our colleagues to be silent is to be complicit in the outright, dangerous targeting of a member of Congress. We must speak out.”
Her post came after Trump tweeted the video that “showed snippets of comments Omar made last month at a banquet for a Muslim civil rights organization interspersed with footage of the twin towers burning,” notes the Washington Post.
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NBC News reports that at the Council on American-Islamic Relations event, “Omar mistakenly said the organization was founded in response to the terrorist attacks, adding ‘because they recognized that some people did something’ — a phrasing that some in conservative media have interpreted as a too-flippant reference to the attack.”
Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t the only one to criticize Trump’s tweet.
“Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage,” Bernie Sanders wrote on Twitter. “She won’t back down to Trump’s racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end.”