Long After 9/11, Congresswoman Rejects America’s ‘Good Muslim’ Test - Defense One
The heat she is taking is amazing. The GOP is terrified of her and AOC. Powerful women frighten these men so easily! To me that’s a dis qualifier from elected office right there. frightened of women, strong or otherwise.
President Donald Trump has brought the 9/11 loyalty test back to the center of American politics. Late last week, the president tweeted—and pinned—a short clip of Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota speaking at an event, where she described the September 11 attacks as “some people did something.” The speech was spliced with harrowing footage of the Twin Towers being destroyed. Trump’s message was clear: Omar did not live up to the standard that has been consistently imposed on American Muslims for the past 18 years, to condemn 9/11 vigorously in exactly the right language at all times.
Omar, however, is part of a new generation of Muslims who refuse to be defined by 9/11. In her speech, she hit back on the idea that American Muslims should be “good” Muslims, whether that means wrapping themselves in the American flag or just blending in and getting along. As Trump tries to paint Omar, and by extension the Democratic Party, as not American enough to condemn 9/11, he’s facing a new political landscape—one where young activists aren’t willing to take loyalty tests anymore.