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State Democrats want GOP to condemn Murphy tweet

Published: Apr. 4, 2021 at 12:44 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 5, 2021 at 2:33 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WITN) - North Carolina Democrats want their counterparts on the other side of the political aisle to condemn what they say is a racist tweet by Congressman Greg Murphy.

On Saturday, the Greenville Republican posted and then removed a tweet invoking the September 11th terror attacks.

Following Friday’s Capitol grounds attack that saw a police officer killed, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who is Muslim, tweeted her condolences but also feelings about how the attack could have been worse.

Murphy responded on Saturday, “Would have been worse @Ilhan if they had been flying planes into the buildings also.” That tweet has since been deleted.

Deleted tweet from Rep. Greg Murphy
Deleted tweet from Rep. Greg Murphy(Twitter)

In a news release on Monday, the state Democratic Party called Murphy’s tweet “racist, dangerous, and perpetuates hate rooted in lies.”

They called on the state GOP to condemn the tweet, and that Murphy apologizes.

Since Sunday, WITN has reached out to the congressman directly and to his staff for an explanation to the tweet. So far there has been no response to our multiple calls and emails.

SUNDAY STORY

An eastern Carolina congressman is facing criticism after tagging a Muslim congresswoman in a now-deleted tweet invoking the September 11th terror attacks.

Following Friday’s Capitol grounds attack that saw a police officer killed, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota tweeted her condolences but also feelings about how the attack could have been worse.

“Heartbroken to learn another CP was killed while protecting the Capitol. My thoughts and prayers go out to the officer’s family and the entire Capitol Police force. The death toll would have been worse if the assailant had an AR-15 instead of a knife,” the tweet reads.

In a now-deleted tweet, Congressman Greg Murphy responded on Saturday, “Would have been worse @Ilhan if they had been flying planes into the buildings also.”

Several Twitter users criticized the tweet including state Senator Jeff Jackson, “You just invoked Sept. 11 to attack a Muslim member of Congress. I knew you a little when you were in the state legislature. This is well beneath you. It doesn’t matter how strongly you disagree with her on policy, you should represent our state better than this, @RepGregMurphy.

Sen. Jeff Jackson responding to a now-deleted tweet from Rep. Greg Murphy.
Sen. Jeff Jackson responding to a now-deleted tweet from Rep. Greg Murphy.(Twitter)

This is not the first time the congressman has been criticized for tweets that are later deleted.

Last October he wrote, “@KamalaHarris is a walking disaster…she was only picked for her color and her race…is that how we pick our leaders now in America?? QT @Mike_Pence”

WITN has reached out to Murphy’s office for comment.

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