Anti-Muslim Poster Targeting Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar Rocks West Virginia Statehouse

Controversy Erupts At West Virginia Capitol Over Anti-Muslim Poster Featuring Rep. Ilhan Omar

West Virginia Republicans under fire for allowing anti-Muslim poster linking Ilhan Omar to 9/11 during ‘GOP Day’

The poster shows Omar photoshopped in front of the inflamed Twin Towers.

"The West Virginia Republican Party does not approve, condone or support hate speech", said Melody Potter, the chairwoman of the state GOP. Not far away were cardboard cutouts of President Donald Trump, signs for "Trump Pence" and displays featuring West Virginia Republicans.

Democrats objected to the display and got into an argument with the statehouse sergeant at arms Anne Lieberman, who was accused of saying, "all Muslims are terrorists". It wasn't immediately clear who invited the group.

"While I may not agree with everything that is out there, I do agree that freedom of speech is something we have to protect, even if we don't agree with it", Republican state delegate Dianna Graves said.

The second image was a picture of Omar-wearing hijab-as she sits and watches testimony during a congressional hearing. One lawmaker admitted to getting so mad that he kicked a House door open, which resulted in a doorkeeper being physically injured, according to the speaker of the House.

Democratic Del. Michael Angelucci told his counterparts on the House floor that at some point Lieberman said all Muslims are terrorists. "I am the proof you have forgotten", reads the second.

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After several other Democrats became aware of the the display, complaints were lodged with GOP leadership and one GOP delegate eventually resigned after allegedly endorsing the general theme behind the captioned images. "The Sergeant at Arms of this body that represents the people of the state of West Virginia said all Muslims are terrorists".

"Freedom of speech is very dear and near to me". WVPB reported that it might be the work of ACT for America, known as a pro-Trump and anti-Muslim advocacy group. "I went over to that poster and I said it was a racist poster".

As Del. Mike Pushkin (D) noted, the poster was featured at a booth sponsored by the West Virginia GOP. "That's hate speech, and it has no place in this house". "We must be strong in our resolve to stand up and speak out against fear and hatred when we see it, and we absolutely condemn the kind of behavior that was on display in our own State Capitol", he said in a statement.

Ms Omar responded to the offensive image on social media.

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said she invoked a "vile anti-Semitic slur" by questioning "the loyalty of fellow American citizens due to their political views, including support for the US-Israel relationship".

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