EXCLUSIVE: Ilhan Omar releases statement amid backlash over 9/11 remarks

APRIL 13, 2019

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Amid an onslaught of backlash over her recent controversial comments, Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somalian refugee, has released a statement in a series of Twitter posts Saturday afternoon.

Omar has taken heat for her many anti-Semitic remarks, and a speech she gave at a CAIR fundraiser last month raised red flags when she told her fellow Muslims to “raise hell and make people uncomfortable.”

But it was Omar’s reference to the 9/11 terror attack which angered so many, as she referred to the deadly terror attack as “some people did something” and said CAIR was founded because “all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.

In response, the NY Post put a picture of the World Trade Center under attack on their front cover, with the caption, “Here’s your something – 2,977 people dead by terrorism.”  President Trump responded as well, with an edited video of Omar’s speech interwoven with images of the terror attack.

Democrats have now hotly condemned the “attacks” against Omar, claiming it has jeopardized her safety. Saturday a group of Yemeni store owners announced a boycott of the NY Post in support of Omar.

In Omar’s statement on Twitter Saturday afternoon, she thanked those who have supported her, and declared she will not be silent or sit on the sidelines. She tweeted:

This country was founded on the ideas of justice, of liberty, of the pursuit of happiness. But these core beliefs are under threat. Each and every day. We are under threat by an administration that would rather cage children than pass comprehensive immigration reform.

An administration that would rather give billionaires tax breaks than provide a little cushion for working people. An administration that would rather attack fellow Americans who are transgender and wear our country’s uniform than fight for equality and opportunity for all.

I did not run for Congress to be silent. I did not run for Congress to sit on the sidelines. I ran because I believed it was time to restore moral clarity and courage to Congress. To fight and to defend our democracy.

No one person – no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious – can threaten my unwavering love for America. I stand undeterred to continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans.

Thank you for standing with me – against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country – to fight for the America we all deserve.💪🏽