Ilhan Omar and controversy just seem to go hand in hand these days.
More and more often, we hear backlash, even from within the Democratic party itself, at Omar’s comments on issues that matter, which have ranged from anti-Semitic to, most recently, failing to recognize one of the most famous and religious buildings in Europe.
As the Notre Dame cathedral burned, and as its spiral collapsed in the horrific tragedy, Omar referred to the cathedral as “art and architecture,” a “wonder.” But not a cathedral.
Art and architecture have a unique ability to help us connect across our differences and bring people together in important ways. Thinking of the people of Paris and praying for every first responder trying to save this wonder.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 15, 2019
As you might have already predicted, tons of criticism over the vague and borderline insulting nature of the tweet was instantly met with strong criticism from many voices on the right.
NRA spokeswoman, Fox News regular and conservative commentator Dana Loesch was one of the many to weigh in:
Well, the “architecture” that the art was housed in is a cathedral. While Biblically Christ is wherever His people are, Notre Dame is a significant and storied icon of faith. https://t.co/bsckz26qHe
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 16, 2019
Conservative radio talk show host Larry O’Conner also quickly criticized Omar’s choice of words, pointing out the simple, nonchalant reference to “art and architecture:”
"Art and architecture" https://t.co/UGMik3q7TL
— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) April 16, 2019
Even former Congressman and current talk show radio host Joe Walsh felt the need to offer a rebuttal:
Art & architecture? It was a house of worship. A Catholic Cathedral.
It wouldn't have been difficult for you to acknowledge that. https://t.co/BUW4i3pFUU
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) April 16, 2019
Most around the world marveled at the beauty of Notre Dame, and yes it is a wonder of art and an amazing feat of architecture, but it is a beautiful cathedral. The Notre Dame Cathedral.
At least the “sacredness” of Notre Dame did not get burned nor destroyed.