AOC has once again criticized her fellow Democrats for promoting “right-wing vitriol” by turning on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) for seemingly comparing the US and Taliban.

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.”

A dozen Jewish Democrats signed a letter demanding clarification from Omar and blasting her apparent comparison of Israel and the US with the Taliban and Hamas.

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.”


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