Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the popular US congresswoman, has defended her colleague Ilhan Omar, after a conservative US tabloid accused the Muslim politician of trivialising the 9/11 terror attack.Ms Omar made a speech at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) event in Los Angeles on 23 March, in which she discussed the rise of Islamophobia in the US.A brief line from her speech, â€œsome people did somethingâ€, was used on the front page of The New York Post on 11 April. The quote had been placed over an image of the World Trade Center during the attack on 11 September 2001.The move caused immediate outrage among Democrats, who said the quote had been taken out of context and that the cover was at the centre of a bad-faith attack on Ms Omar.â€œIâ€™m not going to quote the NY Postâ€™s horrifying, hateful cover,â€ Ms Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter.â€œHereâ€™s 1 fact: [Ilhan Omar] is a cosponsor of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Sheâ€˜s done more for 9/11 families than the GOP who wonâ€™t even support healthcare for 1st responders- yet are happy to weaponize her faith.â€The New York representative also criticised Dan Crenshaw, a Republican, for attacking Ms Omar and for not supporting the victim fund, which was created to help those affected by the attack. It is set to close in December 2020 if it is not reauthorised by Congress.â€œYou refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victimâ€™s Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes,â€ Ms Ocasio-Cortez said.â€œIn 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why donâ€™t you go do something about that?â€A report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), published in January 2019, found that every terrorist murder in the US in 2018 was linked to right-wing extremism.> You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victimâ€™s Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes. > > In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why donâ€™t you go do something about that? https://t.co/rkb92IxkKX> > â€” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) > > April 11, 2019Ms Omar is one of the first two Muslim women to ever sit in Congress and has frequently been targeted by right-wing US politicians and public figures.At the CAIR event the Minnesota representative criticised Donald Trumpâ€™s attacks on Islam and Muslims.â€œMany of us knew this would get worse, we finally have a leader, a world leader, in the White House who publicly says â€˜Islam hates usâ€™, who fuels hate against Muslims, who thinks it is okay to speak about a faith and a whole community in a way that is dehumanizing, vilifying and doesnâ€™t understand â€“ or at least makes us want to think he doesnâ€™t understand â€“ the consequences his words might have,â€ she said.Later in her speech the congresswoman discussed the founding of CAIR, a Muslim civil rights activism group, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. At this point she used the phrase â€œsome people did somethingâ€.> @Ilhan full comments clearly speak to post 9/11 Islamophobia Manipulating her remarks is defaming & dangerous for her & her family. Stop with this recklessness. @rupertmurdoch this is on you â€“ stoking hate, fear & division, putting REAL lives at risk. Shame on you. https://t.co/fpemnGxQKk> > â€” Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) > > April 11, 2019â€œCAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognised that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,â€ she said.â€œSo you canâ€™t just say that today someone is looking at me strange and that I am trying to make myself look pleasant.â€œYou 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.â€According to The Los Angeles Daily News hundreds of protesters stood outside the CAIR eventâ€™s location, shouting anti-Islam slogans such as â€œBurn the Koranâ€ and â€œIlhan Omar go to hellâ€.Other Democrats, including Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley have also expressed support for Ms Omar.â€œThe NY Post knows exactly what itâ€™s doing â€“ taking quotes out of context and evoking painful imagery to spread hate and endangering the life of Rep. Omar. Shame on them, and shame on Rupert Murdoch,â€ Ms Tlaib, said.Mr Murdoch is the owner of the US tabloid.The controversy comes just days after a man was charged for threatening to kill Ms Omar, after placing a call to her office in which he called her a â€œterroristâ€.
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