New York Post stirs Ilhan Omar controversy with 9/11 cover ,
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Wednesday urged fellow lawmakers to condemn a Fox News host and a Republican
congressman for what she called “dangerous incitement” after they accused her of downplaying the 9/11 terror attacks.
The New York Post on Thursday escalated the situation, publishing a jarring image of the Twin Towers on its front page, taking her quote out of its context. President Trump’s campaign quickly shared the image.
At a Council on American-Islamic Relations fundraiser in Woodland Hills, Calif., last month, Omar said the
organization “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.”
(CAIR was actually founded in 1994. According to the Washington Post, Omar’s spokesman said she misspoke and
“meant to refer to the fact that the organization had doubled in size after the Sept. 11 attacks.”)
The comments were picked up this week by conservative media outlets when Mohammad Tawhidi — a self-described
“imam of peace” who has “dedicated his life to ideologically tackling the spread of Islamic extremism” — tweeted a 19-second clip of Omar’s 20-minute speech .On Wednesday afternoon, Omar pointed to Kilmeade’s and Crenshaw’s comments in a tweet calling on “leaders of both parties” to condemn them.