In Congress and from Trump, horror over New Zealand mosque massacre

Rep. Ilhan Omar, the most outspoken Muslim member of Congress, responded to Wednesday’s targeted killing of worshipers at a New Zealand mosque that left 49 people dead and dozens more injured.

Taken from a verse in the Qu’uran, the Arabic phrase she used means “We belong to Allah and to Allah we shall return.” Jumu’ah refers to the Friday prayers that Muslims attend just after noon, and Jummah Mubarak is a greeting Muslims exchange on Friday, the Islamic day of prayer.

Omar, a Somali-American who represents a Minnesota district encompassing Minneapolis, is one of just three Muslim members of the 116th Congress. Her previous comments about the influence of American Jews on Mideast policy have been characterized by some as anti-Semitic, a charge she denies.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., stands with fellow Democrats as they rally outside the Capitol ahead of passage of H.R. 1, “The For the People Act,” a bill which aims to expand voting rights and strengthen ethics rules, in Washington, Friday, March 8, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democratic Rep. André Carson, who is also Muslim, also condemned the attack. Carson represents Indiana’s 7th district, centered on Indianapolis.

President Trump, who signed an executive order in 2017 halting refugee admissions from seven countries with a Muslim-majority population, deplored ‘the horrible massacre.’

Trump said nothing about the suspected attacker, whom police have described as a white supremacist. In the past, he has described Islamic terror suspects as “evil” and “animals.”

Twenty-two minutes after his remarks on the Christchurch attack, Trump returned to one of his favorite current themes, why Jews should support the Republican party.


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