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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has become a public enemy and source of ridicule for Republicans and conservatives in recent weeks.
The Muslim congresswoman from Minnesota has been publicly targeted by those on the right of American politics following claims that she denied that the 9/11 attackers were terrorists.
This even led to Donald Trump himself sharing a video of Omar where she appeared to make the statement, a decision he said he didn't regret.
Fast forward to Monday and the 37-year-old politician tweeted her condolences to Paris after a devastating fire destroyed the roof of Notre Dame cathedral.
Although she didn't directly name the building she did send her wishes to the first responders who were 'trying to save this wonder' and paid tribute to the power of 'art and architecture'.
Art and architecture have a unique ability to help us connect across our differences and bring people together in i… https://t.co/GMsbIdDN6T— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar) 1555366640
However, her words were met with derision and abuse from conservatives who lambasted Omar for 'only caring about art and architecture' and failing to acknowledge Notre Dame as a significant place of Christian worship, with some even likening her comments to ISIS.
Well, the “architecture” that the art was housed in is a cathedral. While Biblically Christ is wherever His people… https://t.co/sllh92DWHs— Dana Loesch (@Dana Loesch) 1555374247
@IlhanMN A Christian Church burns and she is concerned about art and architecture. I wonder if that would be her take if Mecca burned.— Carmine Sabia (@Carmine Sabia) 1555370160
@IlhanMN Guy sends me email: "Omar disrespects 9/11 victims, she is a disgusting person." Then you refer to a place… https://t.co/R3eshCDvGo— Dennis Michael Lynch (@Dennis Michael Lynch) 1555420124
@IlhanMN "Art and architecture"?! Is that all the Notre Dame Cathedral is in your mind?— Joseph Steinberg (@Joseph Steinberg) 1555425100
Art and architecture? Fuck off! Notre Dame is a catholic symbol of our civilization which is being threatened by yo… https://t.co/Wxo82IkPnq— Rainiero Herrada (@Rainiero Herrada) 1555460642
@IlhanMN If you notice, #IlhanOmar can't bring herself to reference #NotreDameCathedral She references it as Art… https://t.co/XuEHrVcgsn— Micah (@Micah) 1555367232
In response to the abuse, people came to Omar's defence, pointing out that some are ready to criticise her for any comment she makes, with other raising awareness of the constant stream of hatred that she receives.
This is crazy. Ilhan Omar wrote a sympathetic tweet about Notre Dame and, in response, got compared to ISIS. 1,800… https://t.co/1EmoHGPseN— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@Matt Pearce 🦅) 1555418509
@RaheemKassam @IlhanMN Ilhan: “I had toast for breakfast.” Ridiculous Right: “omfg she is totally disrespecting bre… https://t.co/MQ6DH2mday— David Lawrence (@David Lawrence) 1555398210
Read the replies to this tweet if you want to be convinced the United States is irredeemably insane https://t.co/CKxPrR3gaR— Vincent Bevins (@Vincent Bevins) 1555477067
I have opposed Rep. Omar's objectionable statements. I will continue to do so. But when people harass her in respo… https://t.co/ZwkTBqH1oK— JoshuaParkhurst of THEE House of Moderna 🥀🟣 (@JoshuaParkhurst of THEE House of Moderna 🥀🟣) 1555505505
@IlhanMN I’m wondering how many of the outraged Christians on this thread have said anything about the intentional… https://t.co/vMK3bOvDrq— Jody (@Jody) 1555478275
HT Daily Dot
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