A Republican member from Kentucky said that if Republican Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Wanted to visit an underground coal mine in her state, she should first apologize to a Texas GOP member.
US Representative Andy Barr, R-Ky., Laid down the condition regarding Ocasio-Cortez's planned visit in the state of Bluegrass in a letter addressed to the first Congressman on Friday.
Barr's request stems from recent comments by Ocasio-Cortez to US representative Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, about his reaction to domestic terrorism.
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"I urge you to apologize to our colleague before you go to Kentucky," said Barr in his letter, describing Mr. Ocasio-Cortez's remarks as an example of a "lack of civility that is becoming far too common in the United States House of Representatives. "
Ocasio-Cortez told Crenshaw, a former member of the Navy SEAL, that he should focus on national terrorism after criticizing the representative Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., For calling the attacks 9/11 of "some people who have done something". At the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Omar spoke of the rise of anti-Islamic activities in response to terrorist incidents.
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"It's been too long since we live with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I'm fed up, and every Muslim in this country should be fed up," she said. declared. "CAIR was founded after September 11, because they recognized that some people had done something and we were all starting to lose access to our civil liberties."
Crenshaw decried his comments tweeting: "The first member of Congress ever to describe the terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on September 11th are people who did something. Unbelievable."
Ocasio-Cortez intervened in the middle of the quarrel to defend Omar and called Crenshaw for not co-sponsoring a measure to help the 9/11 victims and their families.
"You refuse to co-sponsor the 9/11 victims' compensation fund, while having the audacity to arouse resentment towards Ilhan with quotes completely out of context," she tweeted.
"In 2018 right-wing extremists were responsible for almost all terrorist murders in the United States," said Ocasio-Cortez. "Why are not you going to do something about it?
Corbin Trent, spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez, told the Courier-Journal in Louisville that Crenshaw had targeted Omar because she was one of the first Muslim women to sit in Congress.
After Ocasio-Cortez's comments, Barr and other Conservatives spoke of Crenshaw's war history, having served three times in Afghanistan and lost the right eye. At a hearing on the Green New Deal earlier this month, he invited Ocasio-Cortez to meet with coal miners. But first, he would like her to apologize to Crenshaw.
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Barr stated that his office had not received a response to his invitation.
"Fortunately, Kentucky has opened the borders," said Trent. "If we decided to go visit coal miners in Kentucky, which we certainly hope, and to talk about the opportunities that could be offered to the rural areas of the South … and to the mining country and the Appalachians, that could be brought by the transition to renewable energy and the Green New Deal, we will be delighted to do so. "