Congresswoman reacts to criticism of Omar's 9/11 remark

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

"What Pelosi just said, she should tell her freshman members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar and say we are here to work and not to tweet", Continetti said.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., left, joined by Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens during a House Oversight and Reform Committee meeting, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019.

"You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim's Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes", Ms. Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

In February, Omar said she wanted "to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country".

Stepping into the dustup, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: "In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind nearly ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don't you go do something about that?" she demanded.

Omar delivered the keynote speech at a fundraiser for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on March 23 where she was recorded describing the September 11 attacks as merely an event where "some people did something".

"That does not particularly animate me right now", Ocasio-Cortez said, adding that she can "understand why people would be excited by that, this idea that we can go back to the good old days with Obama, with Obama's vice president".

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That prompted Ocasio-Cortez to defend her Minnesota ally, going after the Texas congressman for not co-sponsoring the 9/11 Victim's Compensation Fund. "We apologize to Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez for the use of unacceptable language in this email, and we do not approve of the message conveyed".

"It is patently obvious that @IlhanMN wasn't trying to downplay the 9/11 attacks".

Crenshaw is a decorated former U.S. Navy Seal who served in the military for over 10 years, including three tours of duty.

But Barr in the Friday letter said Ocasio-Cortez's remarks about Crenshaw go too far.

"This puts me in danger every time", Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

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