Rep. Omar Refuses to Condemn al Qaeda: ‘Beyond Time to Ask Muslims to Condemn Terrorists’

‘I will not dignify it with an answer’

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OMAR: "You might have noticed how when he said go back to where you came from, there was an uproar through the — through all of our communities because every single person who is brown and black at some point in their life in this country heard that. Now, when he made the comment, I know that every single Muslim who has lived in this country and across the world has heard that comment. And so I will not dignify it with an answer, because I know that every single Islamophobe, every single person who is hateful, who is driven by an ideology of other-ing as this President is, rejoices in us responding to that. And us defending ourselves. I do not expect every time there is a white supremacist who attacks or there is a white man who kills in a school or in a movie theater or in a mosque or in a synagogue, I don’t expect my white community members to respond on whether they love that person or not. And so I think it is beyond time, it’s beyond time to ask Muslims to condemn terrorists. We are no longer going to allow the dignification of such ridiculous, ridiculous statement."

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