Yesterday, Trump took to Twitter to express his disapproval with Democrat congresswomen like AOC and Ilhan Omar, sparking fierce backlash from the left.
Earlier today, the president responded to the criticism he received from the series of tweets he posted on Sunday at a live press conference where he defended what he said on Sunday and added a few additional criticisms, including how Omar speaks about terrorism, 9/11, and Al Quaeda.
Trump said, “I mean, I look at the one, I look at Omar, I don’t know her, I never met her. I hear the way she talks about al Qaeda. Al Qaeda has killed many Americans. She said you could hold your chest out. When I think of America, huh. When I think of al Qaeda, I can hold my chest out. When she talked about the World Trade Center being knocked down, some people, you remember the famous ‘some people.’ These are people that, in my opinion, hate our country.”
You can watch what President Trump had to say about Omar here:
Here is a clip of what President Trump was referencing when he mentioned how Ilhan Omar regards Al Quaeda and says "you can hold your chest out" for the terrorist organization:
President Trump reiterated his criticisms later on through Twitter:
Later on, after President Trump called her out, Ilhan Omar was asked to respond to the president's claims.
She was asked a very simple question: "Can you respond to some of the president's specific claims, most notably, that you're a communist and that you're pro-Al Qaeda?"
Instead of condemning Al Qaeda as a hateful, terrorist organization, however, Ilhan Omar refused to directly answer the question.
Instead, she commented, "It's beyond time to ask Muslims to condemn terrorists. We are no longer going to allow the dignification of such ridiculous, ridiculous statement."
Hmm...wonder what that means?
Watch the video of Omar's response here to see it in full:
The video has since gone viral on Twitter:
After this clip of Omar's response went viral, Ryan Saavedra on Twitter compiled a list of Omar's past history of similar sentiment for terrorists:
Col. Rob Maness, retired Combat veteran and 9/11 Pentagon survivor replied to Omar's answer to the question on his own Twitter page:
In response to how both Omar and AOC have reacted to Trump's criticism of them these past few days, Mike Cernovich wittily asked:
Jewish conservative Mark Kennedy also made a great point on the situation:
The Washington Examiner has more to say about Omar's refusal to condemn terrorists:
Rep. Ilhan Omar said she would not dignify with a response President Trump's assertion that she is pro-al Qaeda.
"I will not dignify it with an answer because I know that every single Islamophobe, every single person who is hateful, who is driven by an ideology of 'othering' as this president is, rejoices in us responding to that and us defending ourselves," Omar said at a press conference Monday.
"I do not expect every time there is a white supremacist who attacks or there is a white man who kills in a school or in a movie theater, or in a mosque, or in a synagogue, I don't expect my white community members to respond on whether they love that person or not. And so I think it is beyond time, it is beyond time to ask Muslims to condemn terrorists. We are no longer going to allow the dignification of such ridiculous — ridiculous statement," she said.
Trump said earlier Monday, "I mean, I look at the one, I look at Omar, I don’t know her, I never met her. I hear the way she talks about al Qaeda. Al Qaeda has killed many Americans. She said you could hold your chest out. When I think of America, huh. When I think of al Qaeda, I can hold my chest out. When she talked about the World Trade Center being knocked down, some people, you remember the famous 'some people.' These are people that, in my opinion, hate our country."
Breitbart also commented:
Omar was asked during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol if she had a response to statements President Donald Trump made earlier in the day alleging she was a communist and “pro-Al-Qaeda.”
“When he made that comment, I know that every single Muslim who has lived in this country and across the world has heard that comment,” Omar said. “So, I will not dignify that with an answer.
Omar said to discuss the issue would be empowering “every single Islamaphobe” and “person who is hateful,” like “this president.”
“I think it is beyond time, beyond time to ask Muslims to condemn terrorists,” Omar said. “We are no longer going to allow the dignification [sic] of such a ridiculous, ridiculous statement.”
Although Omar appears to never have directly offered praise for Al-Qaeda, the congresswoman has in the past used language when discussing terrorism that many view as inappropriate and offensive. Earlier this year video emerged of Omar’s 2013 appearance on a local Minnesota television program where she asserted that terrorism was a reaction to America’s “involvement in other people’s affairs.
This, among all the other controversies that Ilhan Omar has been at the center of during her short time in Congress has people wondering how she's still around!
As Charlie Kirk said on Twitter,