AOC defends Omar after Trump 9/11 video, calls on more Dems to speak out

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By Doha Madani

President Donald Trump tweeted a video featuring images of 9/11 to attack Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. — which drew sharp rebukes from two other freshmen representatives — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.

The video that Trump posted on Friday splices a reference Omar made about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with footage of the Twin Towers in New York collapsing. It is captioned “WE WILL NEVER FORGET.”

Omar’s reference to the terrorist attacks came in a speech last month at an event hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Los Angeles.

Saying Muslim Americans are treated as second-class citizens, Omar added, “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.”

In fact, CAIR was founded prior to 9/11. But it was her wording that “some people did something” —repeated in the video tweeted by Trump — that has drawn sharp criticism.