Rep. Ilhan Omar can’t seem to get it right, but after continuously getting lambasted for the awful things she says, it’s safe to assume she does this by design.
Omar, like everyone else, responded to the burning of Notre Dame. Omar tweeted out condolences to the city of Paris and prayed for the first responders, but instead of acknowledging the religious importance of Notre Dame cathedral to Christianity, Omar made it about “art and architecture” bringing people together.
“Art and architecture have a unique ability to help us connect across our differences and bring people together in important ways,” tweeted Omar. “Thinking of the people of Paris and praying for every first responder trying to save this wonder.”
Art and architecture have a unique ability to help us connect across our differences and bring people together in important ways. Thinking of the people of Paris and praying for every first responder trying to save this wonder.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 15, 2019
She has a talent for downplaying things for sure.
As the Daily Wire highlighted, this drew criticism from the internet’s denizens, who were irked by the fact that Omar had seemingly written off the building’s real significance.
Well, the “architecture” that the art was housed in is a cathedral. While Biblically Christ is wherever His people are, Notre Dame is a significant and storied icon of faith. https://t.co/bsckz26qHe
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 16, 2019
"Art and architecture" https://t.co/UGMik3q7TL
— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) April 16, 2019
Art & architecture? It was a house of worship. A Catholic Cathedral.
It wouldn't have been difficult for you to acknowledge that. https://t.co/BUW4i3pFUU
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) April 16, 2019
it’s called Notre Dame Cathedral fyi
— Alejandrina G.R. (@alejandrina_gr) April 16, 2019
Did something happen to some building?
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) April 15, 2019
The criticism she’s facing today is more of the same kinds she’s been facing a while now. Omar previously made comments downplaying the 9/11 terrorist attack as “some people who did something,” which was not taken well by almost anyone. Even the New York Post dedicated its front page to lambasting Omar for her insult to the 3,000 people who died during the attack.
With the burning of the Notre Dame cathedral, Omar once again downplayed the significance of something. Notre Dame, which Omar failed to even mention by name, is an important building to Christians. This isn’t recognized by Omar, who simply refers to it as “art and architecture” as if it’s some notable painting in a museum.
This is why a seemingly innocent well wish from Omar is rising the ire of many. Underneath the kindness is a very detectable layer of apathy, making the tweet feel like a lie, which leads people to feel as if her real feelings toward the burning cathedral are being hidden from view.