Ilhan Omar, the West Virginia GOP, and that 9/11 Poster

Ilhan Omar, the West Virginia GOP, and that 9/11 Poster

Ilhan Omar, the West Virginia GOP, and that 9/11 Poster

WVGOP Day, in honor of the West Virginia GOP, was to be celebrated with events yesterday at the state Capitol building in Charleston. But a poster — connecting openly racist, anti-Israel/America demonizer Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to 9/11 — captured the attention.

And all the people went nuts.

Along with several other display tables set up in the Capital’s rotunda, the 9/11 poster in question was couched within a larger display affiliated with “Act for America” founded by Brigitte Gabriel. (She’s tough on terrorism and calls out terrorists in very blunt terms, but AfA has denied being responsible for the poster.) The offending 9/11 poster featured an image of Ilhan Omar, in a black hijab, underneath that oh-so-vivid picture seared in our memories of the Twin Towers burning. The text on the poster? Apparently to some, it was like a hot knife in butter. To others, it was crazy juju.

“’Never forget’ – You said,” read the text placed over the photo of the World Trade Center.

“I am the proof – you have forgotten,” read the caption under Omar’s image.”

Here’s a picture of the poster.

The 9/11 poster featuring Omar. Courtesy of Mike Pushkin, Twitter

The mere presence of this poster caused quite a bit of distress to some in the hallways outside the WV House of Delegates, eventually spilling over into the chamber itself. And the fallout? Well, bigly.

Lots of noise, bluster, chaos. The Sergeant at Arms has submitted a letter of resignation after being accused of making an anti-Muslim slur during the dispute.

But THIS from minority whip, Delegate Mike Caputo (D), who was so worked up, he apparently kicked in a door to the chamber during the opening prayer session slightly injuring a young doorkeeper, wins the bat guano crazy award. Here’s his explanation:

“We’ve got doorkeepers going nose to nose with members, Sergeant at Arms going nose to nose with members. We have created an anger that I’ve never witnessed in 23 years in this body and it’s sickens me. It absolutely sickens me. But, yeah I, kicked that door open. I’ll own it,” Caputo said. “I did and I said some things that I don’t normally say. So, the point should be that we shouldn’t do what’s going on outside here. Whether it’s the Democratic Party or the Republican Party, there’s no place for that.”

You’ll “own” it, Mr. Caputo? You’re behavior was disgraceful and the people of your district in West Virginia deserve much more than that arrogant bully-of-the-playground response. Be a man and apologize. Admit your behavior — your “anger” — was as bad, if not worse, than anyone else there.


Actions here do have consequences, hopefully. For Caputo’s little outburst, the WV House Rules Committee will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday to decide if Caputo will face any repercussions for his behavior in all of this. Many say he won’t, but I hope so. I’ll update the post if we hear something.

And… of course… never ones to let a crisis political opportunity go to waste, some Democrats are having a field day, assisted by their accomplices, the mainstream media. I can see the campaign fundraising letters being generated now, can’t you?

In West Virginia, the State House is made up of 59 Republicans and 41 Democrats. There have been only a handful of GOP comments on the chaos. I don’t think that’s necessarily good.

And the maligned freshman congresswoman from Minnesota? She’s definitely talking. Anti-Semite and America demonizer, Ilhan Omar looks at this as a gift to do a little bit of self promotion.

So here we are.

Bold anti-Muslim sentiment causing brawls in a statehouse. Is this hate speech as some suggest? I don’t think so, but it’s definitely ugly speech.

Many people love to reflect on this kind of event as symptomatic of the “coarsening of the culture” — especially with politics in the Age of Trump. I do think the coarsening is at an all time high in politics. But is it all because of Trump? No. (And no, I’m not a huge Trumpkin or a NeverTrump conservative. I’d say I’m more a “Sometimes Trump” conservative. Mostly, frankly, he just gives me heartburn.)

I think culturally our restraint and boundaries are now almost nonexistent. Its perfectly OK to be mean, even cruel. During social media discourse, we love to “throat punch” or leave stupid people in puddles on the proverbial thread floor. We have zero coping skills left when an offense, even the smallest, occurs. We go ballistic. Perpetually butthurt rules. We no longer understand the concept of “the lowest level of intervention.”

I reject all of that.

There is no evidence whatsoever that Omar had anything to do with 9/11. That said, I do think she is a nasty, hate filled racist who lies through her teeth as a means to an end. She is a virulent anti-Semite and I don’t think she likes America very much either.

I feel bad for all involved in this situation. (Except Omar. I don’t feel bad for that hating racist for 1 nano.) I do think this poster was bad. I wish it hadn’t been used. But wishing it so, or not so, means nothing anymore. I’m for elevating our speech and practice. I miss the days of the clear White Hats v Black Hats. And while I don’t agree with everything that is out there, and most of us don’t, I do strongly believe that Freedom of Speech is such a gift and something that we have to protect fiercely, even if we don’t agree with it.

Especially when we don’t agree with it.

Featured photo, cropped: Mike Pushkin, Democratic member of the House of Delegates, Twitter.

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  • Hate_me says:

    I agree, the poster is in poor taste. That said, where can I buy one?

  • GWB says:

    “Assassinate Ilhan Omar” is written on my local gas stations.
    I call BULLSH*T on that. That just screams “Hoax!”

    it’s definitely ugly speech
    Not necessarily.
    There is no evidence whatsoever that Omar had anything to do with 9/11.
    That’s not what the poster is saying.
    How does part of America electing a pro-islamist, anti-semitic, anti-American to the federal legislature align with “Never Forget”? It certainly lines up with a lot of other things: supporting Iran, allowing Muslim Brotherhood to take over Egypt (if only temporarily), fighting in court over Trump’s “muslim ban”, encouraging Turkey’s islamization, etc.

    Mostly, frankly, [Trump] just gives me heartburn.
    I can understand that.

    Sorry, but I refuse to tone police that poster. Omar is probably the least troublesome of the things you could put on the bottom of that poster. But she certainly is one of them. She is indicative of a lot of what’s wrong with society in America today.

  • Robin H says:

    So after all the broohaha can we get her to denounce the attack? How many times has the left called us Nazi’s and how many times have we had to denounce David Duke? Let’s hear from her for just once that she was as horrified as we were at this. No mealy mouthed statements, I want a yes or no, do you denounce the Muslims that flew planes into our towers?

  • Wan Wei Lin says:

    The purpose of the 9/11 attacks was to show that Islamists can injure the US. the purpose of Ilhan Omar is to show that Islamists can injure the US. Was the poster in poor taste? Yes. So was knocking down the Twin Towers and killing 1000s of innocent citizens. Islam should not be defended or given preferential treatment, but here we find ourselves doing both and helping the Islamists finish their work.

  • Ilhan Omar is an Islamist. The poster did not say she caused 9/11. It pointed out that America has been attacked by Islamists, and Americans who voted for her seem to have forgotten. It made perfect sense. I can’t see what is “poor taste.” Are we supposed to pretend she isn’t working to destroy the Western world?

  • F.D.R. in Hell says:

    Unfortunately, America may some day find that the Moslems in its government were Trojan Horses. Sadly by then, it will be too late.

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