PATERSON, N.J. – Minnesota Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, infamous for her anti-Semitic commentary, is weathering withering criticism this week from colleagues, pundits, and victims’ families alike after dismissing the 9/11 attacks as “some people did something.”
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy visited the Islamic Center of Passaic County in Paterson this week and refused to condemn Omar according to a report by NJ.com’s Matt Arco:
“I don’t agree with everything she says and I don’t agree, in every case, how she says it,” Murphy said in response to a question about Minnesota Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, who says she’s faced death threats since Trump tweeted a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
“But this is America,” the governor said. “She has a right to say that and we have a right to debate that without impairing anybody’s personal safety.”
Murphy continued: “It is completely and utterly despicable by the president of the United States to do what he’s doing with her. … I find it completely and utterly despicable, and it’s completely unAmerican.”
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It did not appear that Murphy clarified which specific Omar comments he didn’t “agree with” or why it would be “despicable” for any American to criticize a federal legislator for trivializing 9/11.
Murphy is no stranger to over-heated rhetoric where the President is concerned, comparing Trump and his supporters to Nazis on more than one occasion.
The Murphy Administration’s own record on tolerance is less-than-impressive. Last fall, an aide of the Governor was suspended and sent to sensitivity training after Save Jersey unearthed multiple anti-evangelical Christian social media postings.