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Tlaib in 9/11 Tribute: People Threatened Arab Organization That Employed Me After Attacks

Tlaib in 9/11 Tribute: People Threatened Arab Organization That Employed Me After Attacks
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Far-left “Squad” member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MN) posted a 9/11 tribute on the 18th anniversary of the tragedy and claimed that the Arab organization she worked for at the time – Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) – was threatened with violence following the terrorist attacks carried out by Islamic extremists.

Tlaib described how she processed the terrorist attacks in a brief Twitter thread on Wednesday. She said she was working at the “nonprofit Arab American human services organization, ACCESS” at the time and “saw faces of shock facing the television.” She said the room “erupted in tears and heartbreak” as the plane hit the second tower and claimed that the organization quickly began receiving menacing calls from individuals who were “threatening those at ACCESS and the local community with violence.”

Despite the alleged threats made toward Muslims, Tlaib said the communities “came together to mourn, to stand in solidarity with fellow Americans across the country, and to reject hate and the terror that comes from it.”

“As we remember all of the lives lost in the horrific attack 18 years ago today, let us remember to not allow this type of violence to divide us, but to stand united. We are stronger together,” she added:

Then we saw a plane hit the second tower and the room erupted in tears and heartbreak. Our country was being attacked. Soon, our phones began to ring with many threatening those at ACCESS and the local community with violence. (2/4)

— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) September 11, 2019

As we remember all of the lives lost in the horrific attack 18 years ago today, let us remember to not allow this type of violence to divide us, but to stand united. We are stronger together. (4/4)

— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) September 11, 2019

Fellow “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) – who sparked a political firestorm after speaking at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) fundraiser in March and describing the attack as “some people did something” – tweeted a statement on 9/11 as well, acknowledging that it was “an attack on all of us”:

September 11th was an attack on all of us.

We will never forget the thousands of Americans who lost their lives in the largest terror attack on U.S. soil.

I will continue to fight to make sure we care for the first responders and families who lost loved ones. #NeverForget

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) September 11, 2019

The group’s ringleader, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) also tweeted a statement on 9/11, zoning in on Luis Alvarez, the 9/11 first responder who passed away in June following his battle with cancer:

Today my thoughts are with 9/11 families – and in our community, the loved ones of Queens hero Det. Luis Alvarez.

Just this year, Det. Alvarez testified before Congress for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund before succumbing to cancer from Ground Zero. https://t.co/WjFLIk0d4s

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 11, 2019

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) also posted a brief tribute.

18 years ago, more than 140 people left Boston on AA Flight 11 & UA Flight 175. Today, we remember them & the thousands more who lost their lives, we honor the courage of first responders & we stand w/ the families who continue to live with the trauma of that day. #neverforget

— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) September 11, 2019

A speaker at a 9/11 memorial service sent a direct message to Omar and the “Squad” as a whole on Wednesday.

“Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done. There is no uncertainty about that,” he said, referring to Omar’s “some people did something” remarks.

“On that day, 19 Islamic terrorists, members of Al Qaeda, killed over 3,000 people and caused billions in dollars of economic damage,” he said. “Is that clear?”

“But as to whom? I was attacked. Your relatives and friends were attacked. Our constitutional freedoms were attacked, and our nation’s founding on Judeo-Christian principles were attacked. That’s what some people did. Got that now?” he continued, addressing the “Squad” directly.

“We are here today, Congresswoman, to tell you and the ‘Squad’ just who did what to whom. Show respect in honoring them, please,” he added:

“‘Some people did something’ said a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota…Today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom.”

Full video here: https://t.co/K2m92hUsMP#September11 pic.twitter.com/3DjjsPYzCw

— CSPAN (@cspan) September 11, 2019

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