In her tweet, the Minnesota representative was referring to signs that appeared during a "Republicans Take the Rotunda" event Friday at the West Virginia legislature. The party immediately asked the exhibitor to take the sign down, Potter said.
"Our Party supports freedom of speech, but we do not endorse speech that advances intolerant and hateful views". "11, 2001 with a caption that read "'NEVER FORGET' - YOU SAID".
The poster sent tempers flying high in the chamber and led to some heated exchanges between the lawmakers, in which a doorkeeper was injured and had to be sent to hospital for a check-up.
It sat on display outside the House of Delegates chamber on Friday during a series of events around the state capitol for West Virginia's GOP Day. "I am the proof you have forgotten", said the message accompanying Ms. Omar's photo.
As of publication, it is unclear who placed the poster in the rotunda, but Republican House Speaker Roger Hanshaw condemned the act after confrontations on the floor: "The West Virginia House of Delegates unequivocally rejects hate in all of its forms". "I'll own it", Caputo said, acknowledging that he "did and said some things" that he should not have.
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The group responsible for the display, ACT for America, has been designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. "And that's not freedom of speech".
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a friend of Omar's and another freshman congresswoman, criticized the GOP on Saturday for failing to speak up against hate speech. "I went over to that poster and I said it was a racist poster".
Omar responded to the islamophobic display on Twitter-linking it to the recent capture and indictment of an alleged white nationalist terrorist who had included Omar's name on his list of potential targets.
"The sergeant of arms of this body, that represents the people of the state of West Virginia, said, 'All Muslims are terrorists.' That's beyond shameful", said Del.
Omar, a Minnesota Democrat who became one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress past year, branded it as "the GOP's anti-Muslim display".
Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said she invoked a "vile anti-Semitic slur" by questioning "the loyalty of fellow American citizens due to their political views, including support for the US-Israel relationship".