Let the show begin! After Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) received criticism from both Republicans and Democrats for once again spewing ridiculous anti-American sentiment, members of her team put on the big red shoes, applied the white and red makeup, and cartwheeled into action to defend their beloved comrade.
First up, we have Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), who did something totally unexpected: She implied that those criticizing Omar were guilty of – wait for it – racism and Islamophobia. She tweeted:
“Stop attacking @IlhanMN. Stop attacking us. I’m not surprised when Republicans attack Black women for standing up for human rights. But when it’s Democrats, it’s especially hurtful. We’re your colleagues. Talk to us directly. Enough with the anti-Blackness and Islamophobia.”
Stop attacking @IlhanMN. Stop attacking us.
I'm not surprised when Republicans attack Black women for standing up for human rights. But when it’s Democrats, it’s especially hurtful. We’re your colleagues. Talk to us directly.
Enough with the anti-Blackness and Islamophobia.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) June 10, 2021
Next, we have Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who like Omar, is also known for making anti-Semitic remarks. She lashed out at her Democratic colleagues for “policing” Omar.
“I am tired of colleagues (both D+R) demonizing @IlhanMN. Their obsession with policing her is sick. She has the courage to call out human rights abuses no matter who is responsible. That’s better than colleagues who look away if it serves their politics,” she wrote on Twitter.
I am tired of colleagues (both D+R) demonizing @IlhanMN. Their obsession with policing her is sick. She has the courage to call out human rights abuses no matter who is responsible. That's better than colleagues who look away if it serves their politics. https://t.co/5n9OxZbK8Q
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) June 10, 2021
She continued, claiming that “freedom of speech doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress.” Oh, and she also pulled the race and Islamic card.
Freedom of speech doesn't exist for Muslim women in Congress. The benefit of the doubt doesn't exist for Muslim women in Congress. House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of Congresswomen of color.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) June 10, 2021
But as we all know, a clownish Squad pile-on wouldn’t be complete without Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who also clutched her pearls as she chimed in on the whole kerfuffle, stating that she is “pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of @IlhanMN” that was coming from her fellow Democrats who manage not to say stupid crap on Twitter.
Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus.
They have no concept for the danger they put her in by skipping private conversations & leaping to fueling targeted news cycles around her.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 10, 2021
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) also gave her two cents, claiming that those castigating Omar were taking her words “out of context.”
Stop the bad faith attempts to take @IlhanMN's words out of context. She called a simple question.
The ICC exists to investigate and exact recourse when human rights are violated.
Imagine if Congress was as outraged by what Palestinians endure daily. pic.twitter.com/XP8JXD8k0S
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) June 10, 2021
But it wasn’t just members of the Squad who put on a Barnum & Bailey-like performance on social media. The Congressional Progressive Caucus issued a statement that read:
We cannot ignore a right-wing media echo chamber that has deliberately and routinely attacked a Black, Muslim woman in Congress, distorting her views and intentions, and resulting in threats against Rep. Omar and her staff. We urge our colleagues not to abet or amplify such divisive and bad-faith tactics. Members of the Democratic Caucus owe it to each other to pause, reflect, and engage directly with each other and misunderstandings arise, and stand together against cynical attempts to divide our caucus.
— Progressive Caucus (@USProgressives) June 10, 2021
Rep. Omar came under fire earlier this week when she posted a video of a conversation between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and herself on Israel and the rest of the Middle East. In the tweet, she wrote: “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S. Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
Predictably, Republicans and Democrats slammed her for the comment, which prompted the outpouring of support and race-baiting from her comrades. These folks can cry “racism” and “Islamophobia” all they want, but when even Democrats are criticizing her, it’s clear the Clown Squad™ is not going to win this battle.