Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) faced criticism over the weekend regarding a tweet about Christians who were singing worship music during a flight.
The exact details of the flight, including whether it was a chartered flight, when the flight happened, and the travel itinerary for flight are not clear.
“I think my family and I should have a prayer session next time I am on a plane,” Omar wrote on the video, which she tweeted out to her 3 million followers on the platform. “How do you think it will end?”
I think my family and I should have a prayer session next time I am on a plane. How do you think it will end? pic.twitter.com/5696Erwsl5
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 17, 2022
Notable responses on Twitter included:
- Shant Mesrobian, writer: “A member of Congress is supposed to have the restraint and maturity to not post a stupid, random, old video that for some reason is going viral right now as a way to score religious culture war points on a holy day for millions of people around the world.”
- Kurt Schlichter, attorney and columnist: “I think you should shut up and stop being a bigot.”
- Jose de Jesus Ortiz, writer: “I like to sleep on a plane. I would have been a tad annoyed by this, but this tweet by Ilhan Omar is tone death and perhaps even anti Christian even. FYI, @IlhanMN , many families have prayer sessions on planes before, after, during flights. I pray before & upon landing.”
- Jason Osborne, political strategist: “Oh good lord it’s clearly a charter flight. No masks, but sure, let’s make an issue and on Easter no less.”
- Asra Q. Nomani, activist and former professor: “One thing upon which we can depend: Ilhan Omar/CAIR is a perpetual participant in the Oppression Olympics. And as Easter begins, she has to compete with a Christian ‘prayer session.’”
- Joe Pags Pagliarulo, radio host: “Why does this person who lives free and liberated because of the compassion of our country not appreciate that we’re a Judeo-Christian society uniquely founded to protect those of all faiths? Why does she constantly denigrate the place that offered her so much? Praying for her.”
- Avi Kaner, business owner: “Ilhan Omar @IlhanMN attacks a group of Christian volunteers on an @easyJet flight in Europe delivering aid to Ukraine, because they’re singing. She has no idea about what transpired and whether or not it was approved. But it’s suddenly about her.”
- John Cardillo, political commentator: “Without issue. I’ve been on many flights with Muslims saying a prayer before takeoff. No one cares.”
- Mike Cernovich, political commentator: “Over 25,000,000 views. Thank you for sharing and spreading a positive message on Easter.”
- Nick Searcy, actor: “Wa alaikum salaam? Allahu Akbar? Don’t you know? Maybe you could ask your brother, or your husband, or whatever.”