Democrats including U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar appear to be shifting the narrative following an attack on Capitol Police Friday that left one dead along with the assailant.
Police have identified the attacker as Noah Green, a 25-year-old from Indiana with links to Virginia who was also a follower of noted anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan and his Nation of Islam organization.
According to reports, Green used his vehicle to ram two officers near the Capitol Complex’s North Barricade, where members of Congress and their aides enter and exit.
EXCLUSIVE: The man who rammed a car into Capitol Police, killing one, has been identified as Noah Green. Green was armed w/a large blade when he was shot dead. He identified as a follower of the black nationalist Nation of Islam movement.
FB has immediately deleted his profile. pic.twitter.com/erLNdob8ld
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 2, 2021
Killed in the attack was 18-year veteran officer William “Billy” Evans, while the second officer was injured and hospitalized in stable condition Friday evening.
A Facebook profile believed to belong to Green, which has since been taken down, revealed that he was a follower of the Nation of Islam and that he viewed Farrakhan as “Jesus, the Messiah.”
The account, which was reviewed by Fox News before it was taken down, contained as its most recent post a 2009 video of Farrakhan in which he said Jesus was not the true Messiah and that Christian dogma was a lie.
“My faith is one of the only things that has been able to carry me through these times and my faith is centered on the belief of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as Jesus, the Messiah, the final divine reminder in our midst,” he wrote. “I consider him my spiritual father.”
After he allegedly drove his vehicle into Evans and the other officer, Green reportedly lunged at other officers with a knife. Officers then shot Green, who later died at a Washington, D.C. hospital.
After details of the attack were released, particularly regarding the knife, some speculated on social media how bad the attack could have been if Green was armed with an AR-15-style weapon as a means of calling for more gun control.
“Imagine if today’s Capitol attacker had gotten out of his care not with a knife but with an AR-15. Imagine the police death toll. Just imagine. #guncontrol,” wrote MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan.
Imagine if today's Capitol attacker had gotten out of his car not with a knife but with an AR-15.
Imagine the police death toll. Just imagine. #guncontrol
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) April 2, 2021
His tweet was quoted by left-wing podcaster John Iodarola, who added: “They love to pretend, in the abstract, that weapon choice doesn’t matter, but I doubt even these craven liars are willing to own up to their lie in any particular attack.”
They love to pretend, in the abstract, that weapon choice doesn't matter, but I doubt even these craven liars are willing to own up to their lie in any particular attack. https://t.co/nHWDFPyY9R
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) April 2, 2021
And his post was retweeted by Omar, Minnesota Democrat.
“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,” Omar wrote.
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.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) April 2, 2021
Several conservative commentators clapped back at her and other Democrats’ attempts to shift narratives following several uncomfortable revelations regarding the alleged attacker and his ties.
“Black Nation of Islam terrorist kills this police officer Billy Evans with his car so Ilhan Omar blames AR-15s and Biden connects his death to President Trump’s rally on January 6th. Are you pissed yet?” former Trump administration adviser Sebastian Gorka wrote.
Black Nation of Islam terrorist kills this police officer Billy Evans with his car so Ilhan Omar blames AR-15s and Biden connects his death to President Trump’s rally on January 6th.
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) April 3, 2021
“Had to make it about guns even though a gun wasn’t involved. It sounds like Omar wanted the attacker to have an AR-15,” Ian Miles Cheong added.
Had to make it about guns even though a gun wasn't involved. It sounds like Ilhan Omar wanted the attacker to have an AR-15. https://t.co/muo2ccUSEW
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 2, 2021
Following the attack, ties between several leading Democrats and Farrakhan began to resurface as well, which will likely lead to renewed scrutiny given that even the Southern Poverty Law Center, which leans to the left, describes the Nation of Islam as a hate group.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) April 2, 2021
“House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., shared a stage with Farrakhan in 2011,” Fox News reported Friday.
“Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill, praised Farrakhan in 2018 as ‘an outstanding human being’ who ‘does outstanding things.’ Davis also said he wasn’t bothered by Farrakhan’s position on ‘the Jewish question,’” the outlet added.
In addition, freshman Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock has also praised Farrakhan, saying in 2018 that the Nation of Islam’s “voice has been important for the development of Black theology.”
And Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has long, extensive ties to Farrakhan and his movement, Fox News noted.
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