On Monday, Rep. Ilhan Omar posted a tweet concerning the terrible fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris earlier that day, a devastation to Catholics across the world.
“Art and architecture have a unique ability to help us connect across our differences and bring people together in important ways,” posted Rep. Omar. “Thinking of the people of Paris and praying for every first responder trying to save this wonder.”
The Democrat’s response was quickly met with criticism on Twitter from voices on the right over its vague nature.
Conservative commentator and National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch responded with a tweet, “Well, the ‘architecture’ that the art was housed in is a cathedral. While Biblically Christ is wherever His people are, Notre Dame is a significant and storied icon of faith.”
Radio host Larry O’Connor similarly took issue with the vague nature of Rep. Omar’s post, simply posting: “Art and architecture.”
“Art & architecture?” former congressman and radio host Joe Walsh asked. “It was a house of worship. A Catholic Cathedral. It wouldn’t have been difficult for you to acknowledge that.”
In a reference to Rep. Omar’s much-maligned remarks on 9/11, Daily Wire contributor Harry Khachatrian tweeted, “Did something happen to some building?”
Making the same point, another Daily writer posted: “9/11 ~ ‘Some people did something’ Now ~ ‘Art and architecture’ caught fire.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar found herself under heat last week over a comment she made about the September 11 terrorist attacks that took the lives of thousands of Americans. While she spoke at an event for Council on American-Islamic Relations in March, she referred to the atrocity as an instance where “some people did something.”
The 13th century Notre Dame Cathedral “began burning around 12pm EST, and the structure, which has an almost entirely wooden roof, was quickly consumed in the flames.” The cathedral’s iconic spire and roof collapsed. By 3 p.m., the church’s towers were also taken by the flames.
Luckily, “the Crown of Thorns, the Tunic of Saint Louis and several other major works” were recovered, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter.
“Thanks to the @PompiersParis, the police and the municipal agents the Crown of Thorns, the Tunic of Saint Louis and several other major works are now in a safe place,” Hidalgo wrote.