Legislators' fight over Ilhan Omar 9/11 poster leads to injury & resignation

Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar

A poster connecting Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar to the September 11 terror attacks sparked a chaotic scene at the West Virginia statehouse on Friday, where lawmakers got into heated arguments and one staffer was injured, a report said. The posters show the burning Twin Towers set above a picture of Omar, who is Muslim and wears a hijab. "Not in the country that I love".

"I can not understand why it is so hard for my Republican colleagues to say it is wrong to display an Islamophobic, hateful poster in the Capitol this morning", Mike Pushkin, a Democratic member of the House of Delegates said on Twitter.

The West Virginia Register-Herald reported that Brenda Arthur, a local representative of ACT for America who also presented before the House of Delegates' homeland security committee in 2017, was responsible for the poster.

According to Democratic Delegate Mike Angelucci, Lieberman said "all Muslims are terrorists".

The display was outside the House of Delegates chamber as part of a "Republicans Take the Rotunda" event.

Del. Mike Caputo, the House minority whip and a Democrat, admitted to kicking open the chamber doors out of anger, an act that reportedly injured a doorkeeper.

The House has 59 Republicans and 41 Democrats. He said no Republicans condemned the display.

Schrager On NFL Draft: Murray To Cardinals 'More Likely Than Unlikely'
Remember when I said the Cardinals should draft him the moment they hired Kliff Kingsbury? Keim said. "He is right now, for sure". Despite not needing a quarterback, general manager John Lynch has been gushing over Murray at the draft.

"Our party supports freedom of speech, but we do not endorse speech that advances intolerant and hateful views", West Virginia Republican Party Chairwoman Melody Potter wrote in a statement, which added that they did not approve of the sign and had asked the exhibitor to remove it. "I'll own it", he said, per West Virginia Public Radio.

"While I may not agree with everything that is out there, I do agree that freedom of speech is something we have to protect", Del.

"We owe it to ourselves; we owe it our constituents; we owe it to the men and women and children and families that we represent to do better than we are", Hanshaw told lawmakers. "The West Virginia House of Delegates unequivocally rejects hate in all of its forms", he said in a statement later.

Rep. Omar, a refugee from Somalia who immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was young, tweeted that she had been receiving some threats recently.

"Look no further, the GOP's anti-Muslim display likening me to terrorist rocks in the state capitols and no one is condemning them!"

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said she invoked a "vile anti-Semitic slur" by questioning "the loyalty of fellow American citizens due to their political views, including support for the US-Israel relationship".

Recommended News

  • United Kingdom  investigators expose Indian claims of shooting down Pakistani F-16

    United Kingdom investigators expose Indian claims of shooting down Pakistani F-16

    He had become the focus of renewed hostilities between the nuclear-armed rivals which have alarmed the global community. The casualties Saturday bring to six the number of people killed on both sides of Kashmir since overnight Friday.
    Roger Federer beats Stefanos Tsitsipas to win Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

    Roger Federer beats Stefanos Tsitsipas to win Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

    Jimmy Connors is the other male player to reach the 100 title milestone, and he ended his career on 109 titles. I'd be happy with 100 (match) wins... "It all started as a junior world champion". "It's been great.

    Ask Dr. Nandi: '90210' star Luke Perry hospitalized after reported stroke

    Molly Ringwald , who plays Fred's estranged wife Mary Andrews, tweeted , "Sending my love to Luke Perry ". "We love you Luke ❤️". Law enforcement received a call at 9:39 a.m. that day and rushed him to the hospital where he now remains under observation.
  • Gurley dealing with arthritis in knee

    Gurley dealing with arthritis in knee

    The 24-year-old running back is dealing with arthritis in his knee, according to The Athletic , which cited unidentified sources. Los Angeles signed Gurley to a four-year, $60 million contract extension this past July with $45 million guaranteed.
    Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora to have a Christian wedding this April?

    Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora to have a Christian wedding this April?

    Well Malla, it's time you speak up on your love life and let the cat out of the bag. And it seems, elder sister, Malaika might follow suit.
    Windies dismiss England for 113

    Windies dismiss England for 113

    Records tumbled during the fourth ODI between West Indies and England, which saw the hosts losing by just 29 runs. Thomas took five for 21 in 5.1 overs as England fell short after scoring over 400 batting first in the last ODI.
  • Rumor: AirPods 2 to Go on Sale on March 29

    Rumor: AirPods 2 to Go on Sale on March 29

    We reckon this is a bit of a stretch, but in the interest of crossing our fingers and hoping, we're willing to go along with it. On March 29, they will be replaced by a new model which will be the AirPods 2 .
    $267 Million Mega Million Winning Ticket Sold in New Jersey

    $267 Million Mega Million Winning Ticket Sold in New Jersey

    Five balls are drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 70; the Mega ball is drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 25. A painful couple of months for Mega Millions lottery players finally came to an end for one lucky contestant on Friday night.
    Trump says to sign executive order requiring 'free speech' at colleges

    Trump says to sign executive order requiring 'free speech' at colleges

    Trump praised him for being able to take a punch and advised him to sue his attacker, Berkeley and maybe the state of California. Williams said if Trump kept defending them, they would keep defending him.
  • Blood pressure drug recall expands over third possible carcinogen

    Blood pressure drug recall expands over third possible carcinogen

    The recalled products vary in dosage from 40 mg to 320 mg, and have expiration dates that range from October 2019 to July 2020. A Bloomberg investigation found that an FDA inspector had raised concerns at the factory that made the valsartan in May 2017.
    Winter Weather Headed Our Way

    Winter Weather Headed Our Way

    Behind this weather system it does turn quite cold with temperatures averaging 10 to 15 degrees below normal the rest of the week. So if you need to travel, run to the store, etc. there will be ample opportunity through the middle part of the weekend.
    Antonio Brown takes no blame with Steelers fallout

    Antonio Brown takes no blame with Steelers fallout

    And it's like, you know what I mean, they control the narrative. I'd go so far as to call this choice "ill advised". What the f*ck? I'm over here wide open.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.