Omar Responds to Critics, Claims She Has “Unwavering Love for America”

Embattled Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is still defending her callous portrayal of 9-11, by claiming she’s a victim, and tweeting that her “unwavering love” for America can not be “threatened.”

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Axios reported that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) thanked supporters Saturday and said she has “unwavering love for America” in response to President Trump’s video retweet of remarks she’d made about the September 11 attacks, edited without the full context.

What she’s saying: “I did not run for Congress to be silent,” she said in one of a series of Twitter posts. “… Thank you for standing with me — against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country — to fight for the America we all deserve.”

The backdrop: The video Trump retweeted did not include her full quote Omar made during her March address to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, on how Muslims in the U.S. had “lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen.” “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,” she said.

From The Hill 

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) thanked supporters on Saturday as the hashtag “#IstandwithIlhan” entered its second day on the list of top trending terms on Twitter in the United States.

In a series of tweets Saturday afternoon, Omar vowed that her love for the U.S. was unquestionable amid attacks from conservatives and allies of the president aimed at her loyalty to the country, as well as criticism of comments about 9/11 that some viewed as dismissive.

“I did not run for Congress to be silent. I did not run for Congress to sit on the sidelines. I ran because I believed it was time to restore moral clarity and courage to Congress. To fight and to defend our democracy,” Omar wrote.

“No one person – no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious – can threaten my unwavering love for America. I stand undeterred to continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans,” she continued.

“Thank you for standing with me – against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country – to fight for the America we all deserve,” Omar concluded.

Omar, a freshman Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, has been at the center of a storm of criticism on the right for comments she made to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which President Trump shared Friday in an edited video that superimposed the remarks over images and video of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.