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Rep. Ilhan Omar’s ‘anti-American’ 9/11 remarks resurface as Republicans call her promotion ‘absurd’

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s ‘anti-American’ 9/11 remarks resurface as she gets promoted amid Republican push to oust her from House committees

  • Rep Ilhan Omar’s ‘anti-American’ 9/11 remarks resurface as she’s promoted to vice chair of Africa and global human rights issues subcommittee
  • Omar’s comments at Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) resurfaced
  • In 2019, Omar said that the council ‘was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something’  
  • In response to Omar’s position, Fox News host Pete Hegseth  said: ‘The idea that Ilhan Omar is even on the foreign affairs, foreign relations committee, is absurd’
  • Pointing to her remarks at CAIR, Hegseth said: ‘This is the modern-day Democrat Party, anti-Americanism writ large’
  • Omar’s promotion angered Republicans who previously called for her removal from House committees as part of revenge for removal of Marjorie Taylor Greene

Rep Ilhan Omar’s ‘anti-American’ 9/11 remarks have resurfaced as Fox News host, Pete Hegseth, slammed her promotion as ‘absurd’ amid a push by Republicans to oust her from House committees.

Omar was promoted to Vice Chair of the House of Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on Africa and global human rights issues, according to The Star Tribune.

It comes just weeks after Republicans sought to remove her from House committees as part of revenge for the Democratic move to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from the Education and Labor committee and the Budget committee.

Since then, Omar’s 2019 comments during the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have resurfaced. 

At the time, Omar said that the council ‘was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties’. 

In response to Omar’s appointment, Pete Hegseth, the co-host of Fox & Friends Weekend appeared on Fox News Primetime to tell host Mark Steyn: ‘The idea that Ilhan Omar is even on the foreign affairs, foreign relations committee, is absurd.’ 

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Rep Ilhan Omar’s ‘anti-American’ 9/11 remarks have resurfaced as Republicans slam her promotion to Vice Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on Africa and global human rights issues as ‘absurd’

Omar's 2019 comments during the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have resurfaced. At the time, Omar said that the council 'was founded after 9/11 (pictured) because they recognized that some people did something'

Omar’s 2019 comments during the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have resurfaced. At the time, Omar said that the council ‘was founded after 9/11 (pictured) because they recognized that some people did something’ 

During the CAIR speech, Omar also said that Muslims in the US became ‘second-class citizens’ and had lost some civil liberties after the terrorist attacks. 

Pointing to her remarks at CAIR, Hegseth continued: ‘Now she’s a vice chair of a subcommittee … This is the modern-day Democrat Party, anti-Americanism writ large.’ 

Omar faced stark criticism over the comments and at one point claims circulated that Omar said: ‘My people did something.’ But that was later proven to be false, according to the Associated Press. 

‘An image circulating on Facebook that shows the burning World Trade Center’s twin towers with photos of Omar laughing, wrongly asserts that the Democratic congresswoman said, “My people did something,'” the AP said at the time. 

Earlier this month Omar accused the Republican party of scapegoating her to distract from calls to fire Greene. 

The 38-year-old Minnesotan said this was the ‘Republican playbook’ to try and blame Muslims, black people and women for the faults of their ‘looney’ members.    

In response to Omar's appointment, Pete Hegseth (right), the co-host of Fox & Friends Weekend appeared on Fox News Primetime to tell host Mark Steyn: 'The idea that Ilhan Omar is even on the foreign affairs, foreign relations committee, is absurd'

In response to Omar’s appointment, Pete Hegseth (right), the co-host of Fox & Friends Weekend appeared on Fox News Primetime to tell host Mark Steyn: ‘The idea that Ilhan Omar is even on the foreign affairs, foreign relations committee, is absurd’

The GOP was buckling under mounting pressure to remove Greene from committee assignments over her support for conspiracy theories and violent rhetoric. 

Omar – who has traded in anti-Semitic tropes – was targeted by Greene’s allies who argue that Democrats risk setting a dangerous precedent if they force her out.

Speaking to MSNBC Omar said: ‘Sadly, this is the Republican playbook. We saw it with Donald Trump. Anytime they are faced with consequences for their actions to undermine our democracy, they blame Muslims, they blame immigrants, they blame black people, they blame women. 

‘I just happen to embody all of these identities and I want to make sure that we are clear on this. 

‘This is not about me and it should not be about me. This is about a member of the Republican caucus who has repeatedly incited violence and Republicans can’t just wave a magic wand and attack the black congresswoman.’

Taylor was eventually removed from both her committees on February 4 after Democrats accused her of spreading hateful and violent conspiracy theories.

Nearly all Republicans voted against the Democratic move but none defended her lengthy history of outrageous social media posts.

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