Let’s put this in Ilhan Omar’s terms. Someone at the New York Post did something today … and Omar won’t be happy about it:
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 11, 2019
Response to Omar’s dismissive comment about 9/11 has been relatively low-pitched at other media outlets. The New York Daily News didn’t bother to cover it at all, for instance, and neither did the New York Times. Few people would have expected the Post to let it slide, however, and they also blasted Omar from the editorial page, especially her claim that criticism of the comment amounted to “incitement”:
Some people did something? Wow. What a way to describe the heinous surprise attack on America that claimed 3,000 lives. …
Yet Omar upped the obscure-the-facts ante Wednesday, declaring criticism of her “some people did something” line to be “incitement,” on the grounds that she has received death threats.
Huh? She’d rightly be outraged if anyone minimized those threats as merely “some words from some people.”
Omar’s cavalier brushing off of the murder of thousands of innocents on 9/11 should shock all Americans, Muslims included.
The Post also ran a separate report yesterday about Omar’s “incitement” claims, which is a straight news story on her tweet. She doubled down on them last night while appearing on CBS’ Late Night with Stephen Colbert, adding a dash of bigotry to her allegations:
“I took an oath to uphold the Constitution,” she told Colbert. “I am as American as everyone else is.”
Addressing the criticism over her remarks from the right, Omar said she was a victim of a “double standard.”
“It is very much embedded in a lot of our culture these days, where you will have people come after minorities for things that they say, that they might have insinuated,” she added.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) trotted out that talking point as well, but it’s pretty rich coming from Omar. Omar herself questioned the loyalty of American Jews who support Israel and AIPAC just a month ago. Sauce for the goose doesn’t appear to have entered into Omar’s calculations. Besides, isn’t this just more “some people did something”? What’s the problem?