‘Don’t Play the Victim Card’: Crenshaw Rebukes Omar’s Response to Backlash Over Her 9/11 Remark

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) is defending his criticism of the remarks made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) regarding 9/11, telling her not to “play the victim card.”

The Minnesota Democrat found herself under fire after a video surfaced from an event in late March in which she had seemingly downplayed the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, as “some people did something.”

Crenshaw, a Navy SEAL veteran, told NBC on Friday that he doesn’t believe Omar’s remark was taken out of context.

“All Rep. Omar had to do is really, I don’t know, explain herself,” Crenshaw said. He added:

“[She can] say whatever she wants, say she didn’t mean it, I don’t know. Diffuse the situation, but don’t double down, all right? Don’t play the victim card. Don’t start making accusations of me. I just think that was uncalled for.

This is the height of partisanship. When we can’t just come together and properly assume that we should not diminish the acts of 9/11 by saying things like, ‘Some people did something.’ That’s not what happened, and we should come together and take note of that.”

Watch the video below:

One of the accusations Crenshaw is referring to is when Omar swiped back at Crenshaw’s criticism, in which he called her comment “unbelievable,” and accused him of “dangerous indictment.”

The Republican lawmaker defended himself, tweeting on Wednesday that he “never called [Omar] un-American” and “did not incite any violence against [her].”

Crenshaw made it clear that “when someone calls out a public official for things they said, it is not endangering their life or inciting violence.”

“Claiming otherwise is just an attempt to silence your critics,” he added.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) defended Omar on Thursday when she took a swipe at Crenshaw on Twitter. She told the Navy SEAL veteran to “do something” when it comes to domestic terrorism:

You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim’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 don’t you go do something about that?

This didn’t go over well, as Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) called out Ocasio-Cortez’s “disgraceful” comment in an interview on Friday.

“I would just remind her he lost an eye in Afghanistan defending her freedom, and I think she ought to go thank him for that,” Cheney said, as IJR Red reported.

What do you think?

13 pledges
Upvote Downvote
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Phyllis Softa

Is Crenshaw attempting to keep up with Trump on tweeting? Or is IJR obligated to publish every time he tweets?

I agree that R’s have a patent on “playing the victim.” No matter how many angry men are arrested for death threats, R’s are always the victim.


Omar: I said something indefensibly anti-American and dismissive of a tragedy. Anyone who calls me on it is an Islamophobe and hater.

The sad part is that her Somali enclave elected her, q.v. no go zones, AND this is how she really thinks. The Dims are too gutless to censure her for this and her blatant anti-Semitism. Are they enablers or do they sympathize with her beliefs?


Omar has been in the U.S. for 25 of her 38 years. She went to college here and knew exactly what she meant. She is not “un-American”; but I believe as a Muslim, she is “anti-American” like Muslim #44 was/still is..

Booker Launches ‘Justice’ Tour, Aiming for Surge in US Presidential Bid

NY Democrat Makes It ‘Very Clear’ Omar’s 9/11 Remark Is ‘Offensive’: The ‘Pain Isn’t Going Anywhere’