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.”
Trump’s criticism of Rep #IlhanOmar is complete hypocrisy. 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, and turned America into the prostitute of AQ’s biggest supporter—the Saudis #WeWillNeverForget pic.twitter.com/TLsCPxXaAd— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) April 14, 2019
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-Qaeda’s 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.
Trump is shamelessly trying to foment religious bigotry against #IlhanOmar & all Muslims, based on the horrendous actions of a few individuals claiming to be Muslim. This is the very definition of religious bigotry & Trump is fomenting it for political gain. Dangerous & sad pic.twitter.com/vcpnTGFlrD— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) April 14, 2019
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.