Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez invoked the Holocaust to defend Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar on Friday.
“Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President’s explicit attack today,” she tweeted. “@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.”
Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President’s explicit attack today.@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.
“First they came…” pic.twitter.com/ygOX1vhE9j
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 12, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez then shared a poem written by Lutheran Pastor — and early Nazi supporter — Martin Niemöller, who was later imprisoned for speaking out against Hitler.
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew.Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.
Ocasio-Cortez was responding to a video shared just hours earlier by President Donald Trump, which contrasted Omar’s recent comments with footage of the 9/11 terror attacks. (RELATED: Trump Tweets Video Of Omar’s Comments About 9/11)
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
In the video, the freshman congresswoman lamented what she claimed was the poor treatment of Muslims in America after the 9/11 attacks, when “some people did something,” as she said.
Omar faced a fair amount of backlash for that and for other comments that appeared to make light of terrorism or were perceived as anti-Semitic.