Ocasio-Cortez: Backlash from Omar’s 9/11 comments ‘an incitement of violence’ against women of color

April 12, 2019 GMT

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to the controversy surrounding Rep. Ilhan Omar, saying Thursday the criticisms are an “incitement of violence against progressive women of color.”

“The levels which Republicans and conservative groups whether they are official party apparatuses sending out emails calling me and others domestic terrorists, or whether it’s Rupert Murdoch and the New York Post printing on the front page to circulate all around New York City an image that is incredibly upsetting and triggering for New Yorkers that were actually there,” the New York Democrat toldreporters.


“We are getting to the level where this is an incitement of violence against progressive women of color and if they can’t figure out how to get it back to policy, we need to call it out for what it is because this is not normal,” she continued.

Ms. Omar received backlash for referring to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as “some people did something”during a speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations Wednesday.

“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.

Ms. Omar’s comments led to the New York Post’s cover Thursday, putting her words over an image of both of the twin towers on fire with the headline, “Here’s your something.”