Republican Party in Tlaib’s Own State Claps Back at Her Defending Omar’s 9/11 Remark and Knocking Critics

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) stepped up in defense of fellow freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) against sharp criticism toward Omar’s previous 9/11 remark, but it didn’t take long for the Republican group in Tlaib’s own state to answer with an “angry” response.

Omar’s comments during a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) event at the end of March seemingly downplayed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when she referred to it as “some people did something.”

Appearing on MSNBC on Thursday, Tlaib went on to blame the “racist” critics for taking the words from “women of color” out of context, adding that Omar “does speak truth.”

“This is just pure racist act by many of those — hateful acts by those — because she does speak truth,” Tlaib said.

“I’m really outraged because as a person that has gotten direct death threats myself, I know that her life is put in more danger,” Tlaib continued in defense, calling for people to “stop targeting her this way.”

Watch Tlaib’s comments on Omar below (around 3:10):

“Far too long, we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen,” Omar said at the CAIR event. “And frankly, I’m tired of it. And every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it.

“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,” Omar added.

Watch Omar make the comments below:

Tlaib’s defense of Omar didn’t settle well with the Michigan Republican Party, as it explained on Twitter on Thursday that “we are angry because Rep. Omar talked about 9/11 like it was nothing.”

The group, Michigan GOP, called it “unbelievable” for Tlaib to think it’s “upset because this was said by a woman, and we are racist.”

“We lost thousands of brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers in 9/11,” it added.

As IJR Red reported, the New York Post took up the controversial remark with its Thursday cover depicting a photo of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and telling Omar, “Here’s your something. 2,977 people dead by terrorism.”

Tlaib also denounced the Post’s cover message:

However, not every member of Congress agrees with the way Omar handled her words, as Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), a Navy SEAL veteran, stood against the “unbelievable” 9/11 remark.

When Omar accused Crenshaw of “dangerous incitement,” he doubled down that he “did not incite any violence” against her, adding that she “described an act of terrorism on American soil that killed thousands of innocent lives as ‘some people did something.'”

“It’s still unbelievable, as is your response here,” Crenshaw said.

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Phyllis Softa
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Thank goodness for the NY Post and Crenshaw’s sake that Omar did not say “they did nothing.”

Blue
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These 2 women need to GO!! Shame on the voters who voted these 2 Un-Americans into Our Country’s Government!! #Unbelievable

Phyllis Softa
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Not sharing one’s political views does not make one “un-American.” A quick review of Congress and the WH will reveal many individuals that we would not have voted for. If it is not your district or state, you do not get to make the selection. #Unbelievable that you do not understand how Our Country’s Government works.

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