During an interview on CNN on Sunday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) was asked about her recent tweet accusing critics of “mischaracterization” in their attacks on Omar, after Ilhan Omar tweeted,
“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus.
They have no concept for the danger they put her in by skipping private conversations & leaping to fueling targeted news cycles around her.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 10, 2021
We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.
We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) June 7, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez says her colleagues “mischaracterized” her fellow ‘squad’ member’s words in ignoring the specific cases she was referring to in her comments.
AOC went on to accuse the Democrats of promoting “right-wing vitriol” with their criticism:
“This whole hubbub started with right-wing news outlets taking what she said out of context. And when we feed into that, it adds legitimacy to a lot of this kind of right-wing vitriol … And as someone who has experienced that, you know, it’s very difficult to communicate the scale and how dangerous that is.”
Omar also responded to the letter herself, denouncing it in a tweet as “shameful” and accusing the signatories of engaging in “Islamophobic tropes.”
It’s shameful for colleagues who call me when they need my support to now put out a statement asking for “clarification” and not just call.
The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable. https://t.co/37dy2UduW0
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 10, 2021