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Republican congressman convicted of Islamophobic tweet to Ilhan Omar | United States politics


A Republican congressman responded to Ilhan Omar’s expression of pain at the attack on the United States Capitol on Friday by comparing it to the attacks on September 11.

A police officer was killed when a suspect rammed him and another officer with his car outside the Capitol on Friday. The suspect wielded a knife and was shot and killed. The other officer hit by the car survived.

The attack came just three months after Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, seeking to reverse the election. A police officer was one of five people who died as a direct result.

Omar was at the Capitol that day. In January, she told The Guardian that she “didn’t know if she would make it” and that she had called her ex-husband “to make sure that he would continue to tell my children that he loved them if I didn’t get by.” ”.

Security has been tightened and Friday’s attack caused confusion and fear.

Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, tweeted: “Heartbroken to meet another [police officer] he was assassinated while protecting the Capitol. My thoughts and prayers are with the officer’s family and the entire Capitol police force. The death toll would have been worse if the assailant had an AR-15 [assault rifle] instead of a knife. “

In response, Congressman Greg Murphy of North Carolina wrote: “It would have been worse if planes had also been flying against buildings.”

Omar, who came to the United States from Somalia as a child, is one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress.

Murphy was widely reprimanded.

“He just invoked 9/11 to attack a Muslim member of Congress,” wrote North Carolina State Senator Jeff Jackson, a Democrat. “I knew you a bit when you were in the state legislature. This is far below you. No matter how strongly you disagree with her on policy, it should represent our state better than this. “

Robert S McCaw, director of government affairs for the Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR), saying Murphy’s tweet was “disrespectful to the victims of the 9/11 attacks, their families, and the countless Muslim and other minority hate crime victims who were targeted after 9/11. His bigoted comments only serve to perpetuate the climate of hatred that we are witnessing across the country. “

McCaw also said he hoped that “Murphy’s Republican colleagues will condemn this Islamophobic attack and will not look the other way as they did when Muslim members of Congress were similarly targeted in the past.”

The tweet was deleted.

A Charlotte television station, WITN, reported that Murphy has tweeted and deleted before. In October, he called now Vice President Kamala Harris “a walking disaster … he just chose his color and his race … is this how we elect our leaders now in America?”

Murphy no comment immediately.

On Saturday, however, a Twitter user responded to a congressman’s tweet about Covid and immigration. He said Murphy continued “Typical [Republican] MONTH. Never take the right path. Never provide a solution to the problem. ALWAYS stokes the division. “

“Awww,” replied Murphy, who was a physician before entering Congress and worked as a missionary doctor. “I’m sorry I provoked you …”



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