Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard has launched a Twitter attack against US President Donald Trump, describing him as the “big brother and protector” of the Saudi-sponsored al-Qaeda terror group, while "fomenting bigotry against Muslims for political gain."
She made the comments in defense of fellow Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who has been targeted by President Trump because of her recent remarks about the 9/11 terror attacks.
In a video posted on her Twitter account on Sunday, Gabbard, also a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said Trump’s criticism of Minnesota Representative Omar was “complete hypocrisy.”
The Saudi kingdom is reported to have helped plan the 9/11 terror attacks in New York. Riyadh is also widely believed to be a key sponsor of Takfiri terrorist outfits operating in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Gabbard further blasted the Saudis for “spending billions of dollars spreading their exclusivist, radical” ideology around the world, “the very same ideology that has been inspiring al-Qaeda and ISIS (Daesh) and other terrorists to carry out their barbaric acts.”
Speaking at the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Sunday, Omar said the body had been “founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
Following the remarks, Trump launched a Twitter attack against Omar, saying “WE WILL NEVER FORGET” and accusing her of diminishing 9/11.
Gabbard noted, “Trump says ‘WE WILL NEVER FORGET (9/11)!’ Yet it is Trump who’s been acting as al-Qaeda’s big brother and protector in Syria.”
She also slammed the US president for having turned “America into the prostitute of al-Qaedaís biggest supporter: the Saudis.”
In yet another damning tweet, Gabbard accused President Trump of "shamelessly" fomenting fear of all Muslims for selfish and political gains.
Other Democrats have also condemned the US president for “inciting violence” against Omar.
CAIR said that Omar’s words about the 9/11 attacks had been taken out of context. It also condemned Trump’s “life-endangering” tweet, saying he uses “shocking imagery” to potentially incite violence against a Congresswoman while “exploiting a national tragedy” at the same time.