Greg Murphy condemned over Islamophobic tweet to Ilhan Omar

Republican congressman condemned over Islamophobic tweet to Ilhan Omar
Greg Murphy. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: A Republican congressman responded to expression of grief of fellow congresswoman Ilhan Omar about the attack at the United States Capitol on Friday by comparing it to the 9/11 attacks.

A Capitol police officer was killed in the attack when a suspect rammed him on Friday and another officer with his car outside the Capitol. The suspect wielded a knife and was shot dead by Capitol police. The other officer hit by the car survived.

The attack in the US Capitol came not quite three months after Donald Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol on 6 January, seeking to overturn the election result. Five people, including a Capitol police officer, who died as a direct result of that violence.

Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, was at the Capitol that day. In January, she told that she “didn’t know if I would make it out” and had called her ex-husband “to make sure he would continue to tell my children that I loved them if I didn’t make it out”.

Security has been tightened and the attack on Friday provoked fear and confusion.

Omar tweeted: “Heartbroken to learn another [police officer] was killed while protecting the Capitol. My thoughts and prayers go out to the officer’s family and the entire Capitol police force. The death toll would have been worse if the assailant had an AR-15 [assault rifle] instead of a knife.”

Republican Congressman Greg Murphy of North Carolina wrote in response of Omar’s comment: “Would have been worse if they had been flying planes into the buildings also.”

Omar is one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to US Congress. She came to the US from Somalia as a child.

Murphy’s tweet was widely rebuked.

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