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    US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, and US Representative Ilhan Omar (R), Democrat of Minnesota, attend a press conference calling on Congress to cut funding for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and to defund border detention facilities, outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, February 7, 2019.

    Twitter Thrashes AOC for Defending Ilhan Omar Over Controversial 9/11 Remarks

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    Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women to ever sit in Congress, has been embroiled in a number of controversies, with the most recent being sparked by her obscure description of the deadliest terror attack on US soil on 11 September 2001.

    New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, commonly referred to as AOC, took to Twitter to defend fellow freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after The New York Post ripped the Muslim lawmaker for describing the 9/11 terror attacks as “some people did something” in a March speech. 

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    AOC blasted the NY Post’s Thursday issue, with the headline “Here’s your something”, along with a photo of the World Trade Centre bursting into flames after an al-Qaeda-hijacked plane hit it.

    In a fiery tweet, Ocasio-Cortez claimed that Omar has done more for 9/11 families than the Republicans and slammed the media outlet for “weaponising her faith”.

    AOC’s response to the wave of criticism directed at Omar did not impress social media users, who continued bashing both Omar and Ocasio-Cortez:

    Omar delivered her controversial speech at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) event in Los Angeles:

    “CAIR was founded after 9/11, because they recognise that some people did something, and then all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties”, the Somali-born lawmaker said.

    In the same message, she called on US Muslims to “raise hell” and “make people uncomfortable” in the face of discrimination.

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