2020 Dems defend Rep. Omar from Trump amid controversy over 9/11 remarks

By Matthew Choi, Politico

Several Democratic 2020 hopefuls have come out in defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) after conservative media and President Donald Trump attacked her for comments they portrayed as minimizing the September 11 attacks.

During an event held by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in March, Omar said Muslims for "far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen" and began to face increased Islamophobia after 9/11.

"CAIR 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," Omar said.

But several conservative commentators, The New York Post and the president took the "some people did something" line in isolation to convey Omar as trivializing the attacks. Trump posted a video Friday showing the Twin Towers and the Pentagon on fire on 9/11, interlaced with Omar's shortened quote.

Omar has reportedly since received death threats for the remarks, but her fellow Democrats were quick to denounce Trump for going after Omar and taking the comment out of context.

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