Rep. American Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Continues to arouse indignation while defending her freshman, Rep. Ilhan Omar, using this time a poem on the Holocaust to defend the Democrat of Minnesota.
Omar recently sparked controversy in his remarks last month, calling the September 11 terrorist attacks "some people who have done something," surfaced this week.
Ocasio-Cortez criticized President Donald Trump, who shared a grim video presenting Omar's remarks alongside a sequence showing the attacked twin towers.
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"Congress members have a duty to react to the President's explicit attack today," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Friday. "IlhanMN's life is in danger. To keep our colleagues quiet, we need to be complicit in the direct and dangerous targeting of a congressman. We have to talk. "
She also shared an image of the words "They first came …", the famous poem of the German theologian Martin Niemöller that inspired tragedies of the Holocaust. (The words are mounted on a wall of the American Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.)
The poem reads as follows:
"They first came to the Socialists and I did not speak –
Because I was not a socialist.
"Then they came to pick up the trade unionists and I did not speak –
Because I was not a unionist.
"Then they came to fetch the Jews and I did not speak –
Because I was not Jewish.
"Then they came to get me – and there was no one left to speak for me."
The Ocasio-Cortez tweet triggered a violent reaction. Critics have accused of trivializing the Holocaust and blaming it for defending Omar, who has repeatedly defended against anti-Semitism.
"It is deeply troubling that the AOC makes references to the Holocaust to defend an open and unrepentant anti-Semitism that is the subject of criticism," wrote Ben Shapiro. conservative author and commentator.
"It is only a shameful attempt to cool the speech," wrote David Harasanyi, editor of the Federalist. "It belittles both the real victims of 9/11 and the Holocaust."
"No, @aoc, you will not reduce the murder of almost half of my family by comparing it to the criticism of your antisemitic colleague.You should be ashamed to try," wrote a Twitter user identified only as being @AG_Conservative.
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Ocasio-Cortez fell into hot water earlier this week while he was attacking US representative Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, a Navy veteran who had served in Afghanistan for his criticism of Omar, telling him that he should "do something" against domestic terrorism. She also described Omar's criticism of "incitement to violence" against women of color.
Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Another first-year lawmaker, said that dismissing Omar's remarks from its context was a "purely racist act."