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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) broke her silence Saturday afternoon, responding to controversy that President Donald Trump ignited Friday when he tweeted out a video highlighting comments Omar made recently about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
She claimed that “each and every day” the Trump administration attacks the foundational principles of America’s founding. She also repeated several lies.
Regarding Omar’s claim that Trump’s administration is guilty of “cag[ing] children,” TheBlaze previously reported:
In fact, an image of a child locked in what appears to be some form of cage — which went viral during the migrant crisis last summer that involved family separations — was actually from a staged protest in front of Dallas City Hall, according to fact-checker Snopes.
Meanwhile, Trump’s administration did not implement a policy “banning Muslims.” Instead, Trump campaign on — and later implemented — a policy that temporarily prevented people from certain Muslim-majority countries, which are hotbeds for terrorism, from traveling to the U.S.
On Friday, Trump tweeted a video criticizing Omar for recently referring to terrorists who attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 as “some people who did something.” Omar’s comments were spliced together with dramatic scenes from 9/11.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
In response, Democrats accused the president of inciting violence against Omar. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), one of Omar’s closest progressive allies, even exploited the Holocaust in her effort to condemn Trump.
At the center of controversy are comments Omar made while speaking at a CAIR fundraiser in March. CAIR, of course, has been connected to terrorist activity, and was even listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case, which resulted in numerous convictions for providing material support to Hamas.
“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 at the event.