Ocasio-Cortez backs fellow lawmaker in controversial 9/11 remarks

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(CNN) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is coming to the defense of one of her fellow freshman lawmakers.

It started when Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) made controversial remarks referencing 9/11.

While speaking at an event last month for the council on American-Islamic relations, Omar said, “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.”

That remark was criticized in a New York Post cover published Thursday that featured a photo of the burning Twin Towers.

Ocasio-Cortez called out Rupert Murdoch, who owns the Post, and said the cover was a “politically motivated attack.”

“Rupert Murdoch and the New York Post, printing on the front page to circulate all around New York City an image that is incredibly upsetting and triggering for New Yorkers that were actually there and were actually in the radius, that woke up one morning or were in their schools and didn’t know if they were going to see their parents at the end of the day, to elicit such an image for such a transparently and politically motivated attack on Ilhan, this is — We are getting to the level where this is an incitement of violence against progressive women of color and if they can’t figure out how to get it back to policy we need to call it out for what it is because this is not normal and this is not a normal level of political debate or rhetoric. As wild as it can get sometimes this is something beyond what is normal,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Omar is one of two Muslim women in Congress.

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