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Fight erupts in West Virginia statehouse over 'terrorist' poster of Rep. Ilhan Omar, one official resigns


Rep. Omar denounced the poster in a tweet

Image Source: YouTube screenshot

A fight broke out in the West Virginia statehouse after Republicans displayed a poster that tied Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) to the 9/11 terror attacks.

Omar is one of two female Muslim members of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The display was apparently a part of "WV GOP Day," where the Republicans take over the rotunda.

Democrats objected to the display and got into an argument with the statehouse sergeant at arms Anne Lieberman, who was accused of saying, "all Muslims are terrorists."

Lieberman denied the charge and later resigned from the position.

Another staff member was reportedly injured in the fracas over the poster.

A Democratic delegate shared an image of the poster on his Twitter account.

"This poster is in your Capitol on a booth sponsored by @WVGOP," tweeted Delegate Mike Pushkin (D-Kanawha). "When someone shows you who they are, believe them," he added in quotes.

"I expressed my disgust about something like that, that really, I believe, points out a hatred and a mistrust of somebody because of their religious background, because of their religion," Pushkin said in the statehouse.

"While I may not agree with everything that is out there, I do agree that freedom of speech is something that we have to protect," said Delegate Dianna Graves (R-Kanawha).

Rep. Omar denounced the poster in a tweet that connected the poster to a report of a man who was caught allegedly planning attacks on media figures and politicians.

"No wonder why I am on the 'Hitlist' of a domestic terrorist and 'Assassinate Ilhan Omar' is written on my local gas stations," she commented. "Look no further, the GOP's anti-Muslim display likening me to a terrorist rocks in state capitols and no one is condemning them!"

Omar ignored the condemnations from many in West Virginia against the poster.

Here's a local news story about the fight:

Controversy over Anti-Islamic Booth During GOP Day at Capitol www.youtube.com

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