“Switzerland a sticky trail of bad faith and false justice”
regular readers of that of Greg Sargent The Plum Line column know that he is a determined progressive who has little patience for what he sees as clear hypocrisy and absurd hyperbole on the Right. His criticisms of conservative takes are so consistent that they rarely deserve mention. But his absolute withdrawal of Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and the 9/11 controversy were so brutal that we had to make an exception.
Quick Context: Representative Omar was severely criticized by the right when, in a speech touting the launch of the Islamic-American advocacy group CAIR, she called the events of September 11 “some people did something.” Right-wing outrage ensued, in part fueled by a tweet from Crenshaw, made more relevant in conservative circles given Crenshaw’s service and sacrifices in the U.S. military.
First member of Congress to describe the terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on September 11 as “people who did something.”
– Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 9, 2019
He then went on to various defenses of his comments that many, at least on the left, found irresponsible if not dangerous – suggesting that Omar’s remarks were somehow unpatriotic or ill-suited to a sitting Congress representative.
After citing an argument advanced by Pierre Béinart that Omar “urged American Muslims to be citizens, that is, being politically active in resisting discrimination and defending their rights as Americans, ”Sargent took Crenshaw a step further, writing:
I want to go further and affirm that it is this idea that Trump and his allies really oppose. Crenshaw, oozing a slimy trail of bad faith and false morality, complaints the charge of incitement is aimed at “silencing” Omar’s critics.
He went on to bring in the president Donald trump, who also tweeted the criticism of Representative Omar’s comments in the form of what many saw as an extremely inflammatory video that used 9/11 as a political wedge to criticize one of the few Muslim members of Congress. Sargent continued:
But Trump and Crenshaw are the silencing ones. They are trying to silence someone who is a staunch resister to the discriminatory use of 9/11 and a staunch defender of the rights of American Muslims. The cropped video itself proves the point – it actively does so, citing only the alleged trivialization of 9/11 and leaving that plea aside.
We know that is Trump’s intention – and that he aims to incite hatred in the process – because he has shown it to us himself.
Read the entire column to get a taste of the satisfying criticism of the conservative darling of Congress, or the outrage of a liberal media unfairly attacking an American patriot who is simply standing up for what he thinks is right.
Choose your poison.
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