It was inevitable that Trump and Rupert Murdoch were going to run with the demagogic campaign started by Dan Crenshaw’s willful misleading, with predictably terrible results:
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Tex.) shared the clip on Twitter, and it quickly went viral. Omar’s allies swiftly condemned the congressman, who defended himself in an interview with NBC on Friday, saying her comments weren’t taken out of context and that she shouldn’t “play the victim card.”
As the clip spread, several Republicans questioned Omar’s patriotism and loyalty. Things got uglier Thursday, when the New York Post ran a photo of the burning, smoking twin towers on its cover with the headline “Rep. Ilhan Omar: 9/11 Was ‘Some People Did Something’.”
Beneath that, in large bold letters, it said: “Here’s your something.”
A day later, Trump weighed in with his tweet.
Democrats responded swiftly, defending Omar and accusing the president of fomenting violence.
“Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President’s explicit attack today,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted hours after Trump’s missive. “@IlhanMN’s life is in danger. For our colleagues to be silent is to be complicit in the outright, dangerous targeting of a member of Congress. We must speak out.”
Most (though not all) of the major candidates for the Democratic nomination have responded appropriately. Pelosi…not so much.