Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar likened to 9/11 terrorist in poster at Republican event

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar likened to 9/11 terrorist in poster at Republican event

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has condemned a poster, displayed at a Republican Party-sponsored event in the West Virginia legislature, that falsely link

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has condemned a poster, displayed at a Republican Party-sponsored event in the West Virginia legislature, that falsely linked her to the 9/11 attacks and appeared to liken her to a terrorist.An image of the poster was tweeted out by Democratic State Rep. Mike Pushkin after he spotted it in the state legislature building in Charleston, Va., during the ‘WV GOP Day’ event on Friday.It shows an image of the burning twin towers with the words “Never forget — you said..” Below it is a picture of the Muslim Congresswoman along with the words “I am the proof — you have forgotten.”This poster is in your Capitol on a booth sponsored by @WVGOP “When someone shows you who they are, believe them” pic.twitter.com/4k566ztHWo— (((Mike Pushkin))) (@pushkinforhouse) March 1, 2019
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Omar, the first Somali-American and one of the first two Muslim women elected to U.S. Congress, said the poster was just the latest example of the Islamophobia she regularly faces.“No wonder why I am on the ‘Hitlist’ of a domestic terrorist and ‘Assassinate Ilhan Omar’ is written on my local gas stations,” she tweeted. “Look no further, the GOP’s anti-Muslim display likening me to a terrorist rocks in state capitols and no one is condemning them!”No wonder why I am on the “Hitlist” of a domestic terrorist and “Assassinate Ilhan Omar” is written on my local gas stations.Look no further, the GOP’s anti-Muslim display likening me to a terrorist rocks in state capitols and no one is condemning them! https://t.co/0ouCaloWqh— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 1, 2019
Omar’s mention of a hit list may be a reference to U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant Christopher Paul Hasson’s alleged white nationalist terrorist plot to assassinate several Democratic politicians.U.S. prosecutors said Omar was one of many prominent Democrats on a hit list compiled by Hasson.READ MORE: U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant allegedly plotted mass terror attack targeting Democrats, journalistsThe poster was one of several displays set up at a booth that displayed the name of conservative organization ACT for America which has been designated a hate group by many progressive organizations.“Readin’, Writin’, And Jihadin,’ The Islamization of American Public Schools,” read one of the displays. Another warned of “The Four Stages of Islamic Conquest.”READ MORE: In historic first, 2 Muslim women elected to Congress in 2018 U.S. midtermsACT for America issued a statement Saturday saying it was not responsible for the offensive displays.“Anyone who claimed to be with ACT for America was doing so without the permission and approval of ACT for America,” the statement read. “ACT has one million members and 45,000 activists and chapter leaders. It is impossible for our National headquarter for monitor the behaviour of every single individual who claims to represent us.”“While we find many of the views and actions of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to be reprehensible, the display in the Capitol rotunda would have never been approved or endorsed by our National Office.”

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