The New York Post responded to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments about 9/11, and some folks on the Left aren’t pleased at all about it.
In response to Omar’s recent description of the attack as “some people did something,” the newspaper ran a cover with a sobering image of the 2001 terror attack on the World Trade Center that said “Here’s your something: 2,977 people dead by terrorism.”
— Nate Madden (@NateOnTheHill) April 11, 2019
While many heralded the newspaper’s decision to run the cover, others took issue with it, claiming that it incited violence against Omar and other Muslims and that the Minnesota congresswoman’s statement was taken out of context. (It wasn’t. At all.)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who represents a district in New York City, called the cover “horrifying” and “hateful.”
I’m not going to quote the NY Post’s horrifying, hateful cover.
Here’s 1 fact: @IlhanMN is a cosponsor of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. She‘s done more for 9/11 families than the GOP who won’t even support healthcare for 1st responders- yet are happy to weaponize her faith.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 11, 2019
“Shame on them,” said Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., who accused the paper of “evoking painful imagery to spread hate and endangering the life of Rep. Omar.”
The NY Post knows exactly what it's doing – taking quotes out of context and evoking painful imagery to spread hate and endangering the life of Rep. Omar. Shame on them, and shame on Rupert Murdoch.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 11, 2019
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes called the cover “despicable.”
Not gonna link to it but that NY Post cover is despicable.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 11, 2019
Huffpost Islamophobia reporter Rowaida Abdelaziz called the cover “incredibly dangerous” to New York-area Muslims and “grotesque.”
How vile and disgusting @nypost. Not only is this incredibly dangerous to the NY Muslim community but it's just so grotesque to exploit a tragedy for political brownie points. I am aghast. https://t.co/3Izt40g0Ff
— Rowaida Abdelaziz (@Rowaida_Abdel) April 11, 2019
A writer for The Atlantic caccused the New York Post of “amplifying racist propaganda.”
In keeping with the second redemption theme, we have conservative northern newspapers amplifying racist propaganda https://t.co/GxbBZDgp2Z
— Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) April 11, 2019
Here’s what happened: Omar downplayed the 9/11 attacks in a comment she made at an event held by the Hamas-tied Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). She also dabbled in some conspiracy theories about the attack while she was at it.
It shouldn’t be remotely controversial to tell the truth about the deadliest terror attack ever perpetrated on American soil.