President Donald Trump further stroked controversy on Friday when he used images of the September 11th attacks as a means of responding Representative Ilhan Omar. Using his routine medium of Twitter, the president used the images in retaliation for comments that Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, made at an event hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Her speech addressed constant fear and prejudices directed toward Muslims in the United States, and she made direct reference to the use of 9/11 as a tactic to amplify such sentiments. She stated that Muslims have “lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it.”
The words spoken by Omar were particularly inflammatory to critics when she alleged that the Council was formed because the founders “recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” The NYT confirms that the Council on American-Islamic Relations was actually founded in 1994.