Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) came to Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-Minn.) defense on Twitter on Thursday, and in the process she implied that Afghanistan war veteran Rep. Dan Crenshaw (D-Texas) hasn't done enough for 9/11 victims.
What's this about? Omar has been heavily criticized for comments about Islamophobia that referred to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as "some people did something." Even the New York Post took offense, devoting an entire cover to pushing back on her characterization of the tragedy.
The New York Post's cover for Thursday calls out Ilhan Omar for trivializing the 9/11 terrorist attacks as "some pe… https://t.co/cdWdauqXD6— Ryan Saavedra (@Ryan Saavedra)1554973056.0
Crenshaw didn't like Omar's comments either, and he said so on Twitter.
"First member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as 'some people who did something.' Unbelievable," Crenshaw wrote.
First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as “some people who… https://t.co/fZmyD9cqwF— Dan Crenshaw (@Dan Crenshaw)1554831909.0
Ocasio-Cortez jumps in: Ocasio-Cortez accused Crenshaw of taking Omar's remarks out of context, and then took a shot at him for not co-sponsoring a 9/11 victims fund bill and for not doing enough to stop white supremacist terrorism.
"You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim's Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes," Ocasio-Cortez wrote. "In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don't you go do something about that?"
You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan… https://t.co/Mn6GlPvPuh— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1555002815.0
The 9/11 Victim's Compensation Fund is reportedly set to expire in December 2020 unless Congress reauthorizes it, according to The Hill.
What Crenshaw has done: Crenshaw is a retired Navy Lieutenant Commander who served as a Navy SEAL. He did tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan after joining the SEALs in 2006.
He lost his eye during his third deployment in 2012 in an IED blast In Afghanistan. Still he was deployed twice more before retiring, once to the Middle East and later to South Korea.
He has been awarded two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor.