Conservatives attack Rep. Ilhan Omar over Notre Dame condolences

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was subject to vitriol on Monday in response to tweeting her condolences following the fire that engulfed Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral.

The lawmaker posted that she was “praying” for those trying to save the building at reflected on “art and architecture” as a unifying force.

Many conservatives became angry that Omar did not acknowledge the cathedral’s name or its religious significance as a Christian place of worship in her tweet.

The outrage builds on the conservative response to comments made by the Muslim lawmaker during a speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) about the 9/11 terror attacks that some perceived as insensitive—a note that “some people did something.”

In response to Omar’s Notre Dame tweet, many made joking parallel reference to the 9/11 remarks.

For some on the right, however, the criticism escalated to attacks on the lawmaker which drew links between her Muslim faith and even, in one case, the actions of Islamist terror group ISIS.

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Some liberals were quick to respond in the Minnesota lawmaker’s defense, acknowledging there’s little she can do right when some on the right appear to lie in wait for her to make a slip.

Omar has always been a target for those on the right, as a Democrat, but what motivates this narrative comes across a little more sinister, a kind of cumulative evidencing of the manufactured notion that because of her faith the lawmaker holds active “contempt” for Western values and other faiths. 

And it has no end in sight.

David Gilmour

David Gilmour

David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology. He previously covered civil liberties, crime, and politics for Vice.