Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) on Friday said it’s “no wonder” she is on the “hit list of a domestic terrorist” after Republican lawmakers hung an anti-Muslim poster of Omar in the West Virginia statehouse comparing her to a 9/11 terrorist.
“No wonder why I am on the ‘Hitlist’ of a domestic terrorist and ‘Assassinate Ilhan Omar’ is written on my local gas stations. Look no further, the GOP’s anti-Muslim display likening me to a terrorist rocks in state capitols and no one is condemning them!” Omar wrote on Twitter.
No wonder why I am on the “Hitlist” of a domestic terrorist and “Assassinate Ilhan Omar” is written on my local gas stations.
Look no further, the GOP's anti-Muslim display likening me to a terrorist rocks in state capitols and no one is condemning them! https://t.co/0ouCaloWqh
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 1, 2019
The poster, reportedly put on display as part of a “Republicans Take the Rotunda” event, shows a photo of the Twin Towers in flames with the words, ” ‘Never forget’ – you said..” followed by, “I am the proof — you have forgotten,” on top of a photo of Omar, a Somali-American and one of two Muslim women in Congress,
The poster reportedly sparked a heated argument between Democrats and the House’s Republican sergeant at arms, Anne Lieberman, for allegedly making an anti-Muslim remark, reports WSAZ.
According to Democrat Mike Angelucci, Lieberman said, “all Muslims are terrorists,” after Democrats in the statehouse complained about the display.
Angelucci called the comment “hate speech” and said he was “furious” over it.
Lieberman denied making the anti-Muslim comment to a local news outlet but later resigned Friday afternoon after the accusation.
Republicans reportedly defended the display as free speech, with state Del. Dianna Graves saying “freedom of speech is something we have to protect.”
Mike Caputo, a Democratic state lawmaker, allegedly injured a doorkeeper during the heated argument over the poster. The staffer was reportedly taken to the hospital.
The House Rules Committee is expected to meet Saturday to decide if Caputo will face repercussions.