Freshman Rep. Ilham Omar, D-Minn., was recently accused of attacking Covington students, after seemingly deleting her previous tweet about the students in question. Covington students responded to Ms. Omar’s comments with tweets of their own. It appears that Ms. Omar and her constituents are not quite as understanding of their fellow students as she is.
According to a report in the Times-News, Ms. Omar retweeted a number of people who were calling the tweet offensive. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., who has also been attacked by Ms. Omar, commented that she was deleting her post, but then deleted her entire account.
Students say they were insulted and hurt when Representative Mo Brooks, R-Ala., told the school’s faculty senate he believed that many of the students’ complaints were “bogus.” Rep Brooks later admitted that his tweet was meant in a way to mock those who support the faculty senate. The faculty senate, in fact, called for a meeting between representatives from the school and Rep. Brooks. Some students say they think Rep. Brooks’ intentions were malicious. Others say he was trying to get an answer to his questions about how the school would respond to faculty members.
According to the Miami-Dade County Democratic Party, Rep. Brooks has been the target of several anti-gay or lesbian statements in the past. He has denied making any such statements and claimed that he had not heard of Covington College when he sent his tweet about them. However, the tweet was posted around the same time that the school hosted its own forum on gay rights.
According to the Miami-Dade County Democratic Party, Rep. Brooks’ Twitter page is no longer available. The Democratic Party called for Mr. Brooks’ immediate resignation because of his comments regarding Covington College students and the school’s faculty. They also said that their call for his resignation was in light of a series of other anti-gay comments Rep. Brooks made about the school. A message left on Brooks’ website said that the congressman was out on medical leave because of a heart condition, a disease he has said he does not suffer from.
According to the Miami-Dade County Democratic Party, Brooks is still listed on Twitter, but his account is no longer available. They called for him to step aside until the situation resolved itself.
Rep. Brooks’ office did not immediately return a request for comment. However, he released a statement claiming that his tweet was intended to show support for students who had faced controversy because of their comments about the faculty council.
The school is one of many around the country that have faced criticism because of their stance on sexuality and gay rights. They were recently forced to cancel a planned all-gay graduation ceremony at Covington College. The school is located in Clay County, Kentucky.
Rep. Brooks’ Olmad Omar deletes tweet attacking covington students after backlash Omar According to Olmad Omar, he was trying to make a point about the importance of free speech and political speech in public debate. He said that he believed that it was important for everyone to be able to speak their minds in a civilized manner without the fear of retribution.
Rep. Brooks said that he had seen Olmad Omar’s tweet about Covington students and was appalled by the reaction the tweet caused. He suggested that his response was appropriate as he was talking about the importance of free speech, which he said should be protected at all times.
Rep. Brooks also indicated that he would not continue to respond to Olmad Omar’s tweets on the issue because he did not think that his comments were worth his time. In fact, he said that he would rather let Olmad Omar goes.