Thursday on MSNBC’s “Live,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., came to the defense of fellow freshman Democrat Ilhan Omar saying that hateful racists purposely took her 9/11 comment out of context because they are afraid of women of color speaking the truth.
Omar is facing backlash after a speech at a Muslim rights group’s event where she described the September 11, 2001, terror attacks as “some people did something”.
The comment offended many including Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Tx, and the New York Post, which published a dramatic front page Thursday with an infamous photo of New York City’s Twin Towers on fire on the day of the attacks.
The page read: “Here’s your something: 2,977 people dead by terrorism.”
When Tliab was asked by MSNBC if Omar should have rethought her words, she said no, that her comment was taken out of context.
“They do that all the time, especially women of color, they take our words out of context because they’re afraid because we speak truth, we speak truth to power,” Tlaib said.
“My sister Ilhan Omar, what she was talking about, was uplifting people by supporting their civil liberties and civil rights. She has always, always condemned any strategy, especially of a person directly impacted by being a refugee herself.
“They do that all the time, they take our words out of context because they’re afraid because we speak truth, we speak truth to power. My sister Ilhan Omar, what she was talking about up lifting people by supporting their civil liberties and civil rights. She has always, always condemned any strategy, especially of a person directly impacted by being a refugee herself. She sees what terrorism can do, she sees what violence can do to a whole country, to a whole people.
Taking it out of context, this is just pure racist act by many of those, hateful acts by those because she does speak truth when she talks about different issues they don’t disagree with.”
She continued, “I’m really outraged. As a person that has gotten direct death threats myself, I know her life is put in more danger and I see her not just my sister and colleague, but a mother of three. I can’t imagine their lives without her.
The fact that people are taking those words out of context and endanger the life of Rep. Omar is immoral, wrong and needs to be called out by many colleagues in saying they need to stop, stop targeting her this way. It’s absolutely putting her life in danger.”
She added, “I’m not for policing people. That’s what they’re doing to us women of color. Think about it, this is a diverse class. They’ve never had a woman who was a refugee. These are real life impactful stories that come with us. This is not about a Congress that looks different but we serve differently. It’s an institution that is not ready for people like us. Real people. We’re just like any other Americans. When I talk about my immigrant mother, when I talk about my grandmother in Palestine, when I talk about living in poverty in the city of Detroit. All of those things are so important in being at that table.”