Ilhan Omar: how Democrats responded to Trump’s 9/11 attack

Among presidential candidates and party leaders, the more progressive were quicker to defend the Minnesota congresswoman

On Saturday, Donald Trumps attack on the Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar swiftly became something of a litmus test for Democratic politicians, as some of the most progressive 2020 presidential candidates spoke most quickly and forcefully in Omars defense.

Other senior figures, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, were criticized for hedging their responses, condemning the president without mentioning Omars name.

Some declared or likely 2020 contenders, including former Vice-President Joe Biden and New Jersey senator Cory Booker, did not tweet any comment in the 24 hours that followed Trumps tweet on Friday evening of a video which spliced footage from the September 11 terror attacks with edited remarks by Omar, accusing the politician of dismissing the seriousness of the attacks.

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Trump was himself following Fox News commentators and Republican politicians who have repeatedly suggested that Omar, a black Muslim women who wears a hijab, is un-American and un-patriotic, and even that her religious beliefs are antithetical to the United States constitution.

Heres a look at how Democratic presidential candidates responded on Friday and Saturday:

First few hours

The first public responses to Trumps attack came from Michigan congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, the other Muslim woman in Congress, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman congresswoman from New York, a rising progressive star. Both called on other Democrats to speak out.

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, a frontrunner in the 2020 race, released a statement within three hours, praising Omars leadership and calling attacks against her dangerous.

Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders)

Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won’t back down to Trump’s racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end.

April 13, 2019

Minutes later, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted an even more strongly worded response, accusing the president of inciting violence against at sitting congresswoman and arguing that any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for the incitement.

Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren)

The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswomanand an entire group of Americans based on their religion. It’s disgusting. It’s shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it.

April 13, 2019

Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington State who is focusing his presidential campaign on the risk of climate change, also responded quickly:

Jay Inslee (@JayInslee)

President Trump’s inflammatory and dangerous rhetoric towards Ilhan Omar is jeopardizing her safety. He is deliberately putting her and all Muslim Americans in harm’s way.

April 13, 2019

Friday night

California congressman Eric Swalwell, who has entered the 2020 race with a focus on ending gun violence, responded to Trump by writing We WILL forget you and talking about how many buildings would be named after Trump in the future.

Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell)

We WILL forget you. You will be the first president who has fewer buildings named after you once you leave office than before you came in. We will forget all of you.

April 13, 2019

Former Texas congressman Beto ORourke shared a general condemnation of Trumps Islamophobia, without mentioning Omars name. On Saturday, he did so.

Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke)

We are stronger than this presidents hatred and Islamophobia. Do not let him drive us apart or make us afraid.

April 13, 2019

South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg tweeted a thread of comments criticizing Trumps remarks, talking about the danger of Islamophobia and referencing his own military service in Afghanistan. Criticized for not mentioning Omars name in his first tweet, he referenced her directly later in the thread, in a tweet that posted about 20 minutes after his first one.

Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg)

After 9/11 we all said we were changed. That we were stronger and more united. Thats what never forget was about. Now, a president uses that dark day to incite his base against a member of Congress, as if for sport. As if we learned nothing that day about the workings of hate.

April 13, 2019

Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg)

The threats against the life of @IlhanMN make clear what is at stake if we fail to to do this, and to beat back hate in all all its forms.

April 13, 2019

I stand with her, Julin Castro, a former San Antonio mayor who later served in the Obama administration, wrote.

Julin Castro (@JulianCastro)

I am grateful for @IlhanMN‘s courage and leadership and I stand with her – and with others targeted by the President’s anti-Muslim rhetoric.

April 13, 2019

Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper called Trumps attack vile and shameful as well as dangerous.

John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper)

President Trump’s personal attack against Representative Omar is vile and shameful. It’s not just below the office, it’s dangerous and dishonest.

April 13, 2019

Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar condemned Trump and the threats against Omar while distancing herself from the congresswoman from her home state, writing: You can disagree with her words as I have done before but this video is wrong. Enough.

Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar)

Someone has already been charged with a serious threat on Congresswoman Omars life. The video the President chose to send out today will only incite more hate. You can disagree with her wordsas I have done beforebut this video is wrong. Enough.

April 13, 2019


The author Marianne Williamson chimed in, connecting Trumps attack on Omar to his menacing treatment of Hillary Clinton on the debate stage in 2016.

Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson)

Whether it was President Trump walking menacing behind Hillary Clinton during their televised debate or his menacing behavior toward @ilhanMN now, his subtly violent behavior against women will not go unnoticed in the next election. I stand with her.

April 13, 2019

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang talked about Islamophobia but did not directly mention Omar:

Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang)

I was in New York on 9/11. I remember walking uptown away from the WTC in a crowd of thousands. Remembering 9/11 does not mean inciting hostility toward Muslim-Americans who are just as American as anyone else. As President I would bring us together. We are all one country.

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