AOC defends fellow Dem's 9/11 comments, Borelli introduces resolution denouncing remarks

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April 11, 2019 - 2:34 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is slamming the New York Post for the newspaper's Thursday front page that takes aim at fellow Democratic lawmaker Rep. Ilhan Omar's comments about 9/11.

Speaking last month at an event hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Los Angeles chapter, Omar mistakenly said the organization was founded in response to the terrorist attacks, adding "because they recognized that some people did something" — a phrasing that some in conservative media have interpreted as a too-flippant reference to the attack.

"CAIR 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," Omar said.

"HERE'S YOUR SOMETHING," screamed the cover of the Post, with an image of the World Trade Center under attack. 

Well, that did not sit well with Ocasio-Cortez, who tweeted, "I'm not going to quote the NY Post's horrifying, hateful cover."

She continued, "Here's 1 fact: (Omar) is a cosponsor of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. She‘s done more for 9/11 families than the GOP who won’t even support healthcare for 1st responders- yet are happy to weaponize her faith."

Another congresswoman, Rep. Rashida Tlaib also came to Omar's defense, tweeting, "The NY Post knows exactly what it's doing - taking quotes out of context and evoking painful imagery to spread hate and endangering the life of Rep. Omar. Shame on them, and shame on Rupert Murdoch."

In an interview on MSNBC moments later, she called The New York Post cover a "pure racist act."

"They do this all the time to us. Especially women of color. They take our words out of context because they’re afraid … because we speak truth to power," she said.

But, NYC GOP councilman Joe Borelli is disgusted with Omar's comments. He announced Thursday that he is introducing a resolution in City Council denouncing her comments. 

"That 'something' was killing 274 of my neighbors from #StatenIsland," Borelli tweeted. 

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