Letter: Fear-mongering is Omar critic’s only goal

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Last week, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, awkwardly but factually spoke publicly about Muslims in the United States being recipients of racial targeting after 9/11. FBI data backs that up. Congressman Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, used Twitter to attack Omar, implying she doesn’t care about 9/11. Who had the outraged representative stood up for with his votes? No one.

On Jan. 10, Crenshaw voted against HR 266, an act providing additional loans to farmers who are losing business because of the China-Trump trade war. On March 27, Crenshaw voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which makes it a crime to not pay men and women equally for equal work. On April 4, military veteran Crenshaw voted against reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and U.S. military withdrawal from Yemen. Crenshaw has also declined to be a co-sponsor for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.

With no interest in helping people, Crenshaw’s only desire is scoring political capital through fear-mongering. Have no doubt: 9/11 was a heinous act by terrorists who hoped to divide us with fear. Crenshaw is buying into that, knowingly using his public platform to baselessly imply Omar, a Muslim woman, has no regard for the 9/11 attacks.

Noah Robidoux
South Portland

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