Virginia Republicans shrugged off web outrage on Monday after suggesting progressive Squad members Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar change into Washington, DC-based lobbyists for the Taliban.
Party officials made the remark in a reply to a BBC News report revealing the Taliban is ‘broke.’
‘Sign of the occasions: listening to the Taliban is available in the market for a lobbyist in DC, providing a profitable contract. The narrative round their monetary scenario, is that they’re broke,’ BBC reporter Suzanne Kianpour wrote on Twitter.
To which the Arlington County GOP Twitter deal with replied: ‘Well, if @AOC or @Ilhan retire from Congress, there is a revolving door alternative for them.’
The divisive tweet solely received 5 ‘Likes’ however quite a few offended responses.
‘they’d most likely favor a rep with out rules like… oh, i dunno, choose any GOP congressperson,’ one Twitter consumer stated.
Another particular person posted a photograph of Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a room with Taliban officials, writing: ‘@mikepompeo already has that job.’
The remark was referencing a peace deal President Trump brokered with the Taliban that excluded the Afghan authorities and secured a navy withdrawal deadline of May 1.
But the Arlington Republicans dug their heels in.
The pair of tweets from the Arlington County Republican Party elicited outrage on Twitter
‘Drawing out the Leftist trolls this afternoon. Ilhan Omar often makes anti-Semitic feedback from her nationwide platform,’ they wrote later that day.
‘This tweet isn’t about race — it’s in regards to the Squad’s fixed assist for anti-American sentiment overseas.’
The group goes on to share a Washington Post opinion piece titled ‘Pelosi’s excuses for the vile bigotry of Ilhan Omar are disgraceful.’
A Twitter consumer replying to that publish identified that the story was written by a ‘former Republican speech author.’
And one other particular person invoked Pompeo, including, ‘Where had been you when your pres and his cupboard was cozying as much as the taliban? Remember the image of the Secretary of State? You ought to be providing him that revolving door!’
Reps. Ocasio-Cortez and Omar have praised President Biden’s chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal
Both Ocasio-Cortez and Omar had praised Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, which left hundreds of Afghan allies and dozens of American residents stranded below Taliban rule.
‘The stage of evacuation that his administration has been capable of undertake is actually inspiring and there’s necessary work that’s getting executed,’ Omar stated on MSNBC in late August because the chaotic withdrawal was nearing its finish.
On Twitter in early September, Ocasio-Cortez praised Biden’s ‘brave determination to go away Afghanistan when no different president would.’
But Minnesota lawmaker Omar has confronted criticism up to now for her feedback on the Taliban – like when she in contrast the rebel group to the United States and Israel.
The Arlington GOP’s feedback had been in response to a report that the Taliban is ‘broke’ and wanting for a Washington, DC lobbyist
Taliban patrol the streets in Kabul, Afghanistan on September 11, 2021
‘We have seen unthinkable atrocities dedicated by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,’ Omar tweeted in June.
Her phrases had been used in opposition to her in an assault advert by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in August.
‘Stand WITH America. Stand AGAINST terrorists,’ reads an anti-Omar American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) advert.
‘For Ilhan Omar, there is no such thing as a distinction between America and the Taliban. Between Israel and Hamas. Between democracies and terrorism.’
‘Tell Rep. Omar, condemn terrorists, not America.’
‘When Israel targets Hamas, Rep. Omar calls it an ‘act of terrorism,’ one other of their adverts states.
Omar’s spokesperson Jeremy Slevin lambasted the advert on Twitter, writing that the ‘language AIPAC makes use of in paid adverts to smear and vilify [Omar] is nearly similar to the language utilized in dying threats she will get.’
Slevin accused AIPAC of ‘placing Rep. Omar’s life in danger’ with their commercials.