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Rep. Ilhan Omar Victim Of Disgusting Racist Attack

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President Donald Trump – his election, and the things he has said and done for the over two years that he has been President of the United States and leader of the free world – has riled up our political debate in a way that no one else has done in living memory. We are more polarized than we have been for a very long time, tribalism is raging in politics, and toxic language and rhetoric is the norm. One of the most common features of this with Trump is racism and especially Islamophobia. One of the key features of his appalling campaign was connecting Muslims with Islamist terrorism. We are seeing real results of that kind of incisive rhetoric around us today, with freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar the latest victim of a disgusting racist and Islamophobic attack:

An anti-Muslim poster outside the West Virginia House of Delegates chamber falsely connecting a freshman congresswoman to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has drawn strong rebukes from local and national lawmakers, while causing the resignation of a Capitol staffer and the reported injury of another. The sign, which loomed over a table loaded with other Islamophobic flyers on a “WV GOP Day” at the legislature Friday, bore an image of the burning World Trade Center juxtaposed with a picture of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim congresswomen ever elected. ″‘Never forget’ — You said,” was written over the Twin Towers. On Omar’s picture, a caption read, “I am the proof you have forgotten.”

Omar responded with admirable vigilance:

“No wonder why I am on the “Hitlist” of a domestic terrorist and “Assassinate Ilhan Omar” is written on my local gas stations,” she tweeted. “Look no further, the GOP’s anti-Muslim display likening me to a terrorist rocks in state capitols and no one is condemning them!”

ACT for America – the group that is supposedly behind this heinous stunt – released a quite incredible statement on the subject:

“Anyone who claimed to be with ACT for America was doing so without the permission and approval of ACT for America,” the statement read. “ACT has one million members and 45,000 activists and chapter leaders. It is impossible for our National headquarter for monitor the behavior of every single individual who claims to represent us.”

That is a quite extraordinary response. Rather than vowing to fight racism and bigotry wherever they find it, these guys frankly do not seem to care about anyone other than themselves. This is the level we have reached in American politics.


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