Fox News host Tomi Lahren equated supporting Muslim Americans to backing Islamic Sharia law, as well as oppressive and violent policies like stoning LGBTI people.
After winning her midterm election last year, Omar achieved a number of historical firsts when voters elected her to Congress. She became the first Somali-American, the first naturalized citizen from Africa, the first woman of color from Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress.
Recently, she’s received criticism for her comments about Israel. In critiquing lobbies within the US government, including the NRA, big pharmacy, and the pro-Israel lobby, many interpreted her comments as anti-Semitic.
Attacks on Omar for her comments are steeped in racism and Islamophobia. After Donald Trump tweeted out a video showing footage of 9/11 interspersed with clips of Omar speaking, she said she’s received an increase of death threats.
Numerous Democrats have come to Omar’s defense, which Lahren took umbrage with in a recent tweet.
She implied that supporters of the ‘Left’ are hypocrites because they stand up for Omar (and therefore Sharia Law, which can be used to justify anti-LGBTI laws, such as in Brunei) but criticize Vice President Mike Pence for being against marriage equality due to this religion.
Omar is openly pro-LGBTI and the Human Rights Campaign endorsed her last year.
Before Lahren’s tweet, Omar wrote about her love for the US and the fight to make it better.
No one person – no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious – can threaten my unwavering love for America. I stand undeterred to continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 13, 2019
Many people responded to Lahren’s tweet, citing Omar’s LGBTI record and calling Lahren out for her Islamophobia.
You’re making shit up to stir up islamophobia and it’s working. You know people are dumb enough to believe you. I know you’re a white supremecist
— Kari Harmon (@HarmonKari) April 15, 2019
You first. I don’t know a single “leftist” who says we must be tolerant of Sharia. Pence just prefers to oppress gays by generally dehumanizing them, like you do. It’s much more “Christian” I guess.
— Patrick Green (@saintpatrick71) April 15, 2019
Ignorant racists like you pushing this fantasy that Sharia law is coming to America is one of the reasons Ilhan and so many other Muslims get death threats. You should be ashamed of yourself.
— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) April 15, 2019
Makes sense seeing as Omar has been pushing for federal protections and equal rights for the LGBT+ community.
— Molewoman Eliza (@XxNnoitraxX) April 15, 2019
Nobody. Nobody is saying that. And The VP’s history ( & his wife’s current choice of employer) speaks for itself. We see you.
— Kit Flynn (@dangkitty207) April 15, 2019
I feel dumber for having read your tweets
— Sandi Bachom (@sandibachom) April 15, 2019