Ilhan Omar: Muslim lawmaker sees rise in death threats after Trump tweet

16 April, 2019, 07:38 | Author: Wade Massey
  • White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during a press briefing at the White House

In her address, Omar had said the CAIR "was 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".

Prominent Democrats including Beto O'Rourke, Kamala Harris and Omar's fellow first-time Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were quick to rush to Omar's defense, accusing the president and other Republicans of deliberately de-contextualizing her remarks and endangering her life. "It has to stop".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also announced that she had spoken with the House's sergeant-at-arms to confirm that Capitol Police conduct a security assessment for Ilhan Omar and her family.

"Since the president's tweet Friday evening, I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life-many directly referencing or replying to the president's video", Omar said in a statement.

Last Friday, a man in NY was charged with threatening to assault and kill Omar, after he reportedly said "she's a [expletive] terrorist".

Perhaps the saddest and most infuriating part of this is that the response to Rep. Omar's speech proves her point exactly.

"Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on the rise in this country and around the world". For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I'm exhausted of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be exhausted of it. CAIR was 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.

During the speech, she said: "For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen, and frankly, I'm exhausted of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be exhausted of it".

"President Trump must take down his disrespectful and unsafe video", she said, adding that security officials are reviewing Ms Omar's protection and "will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces".

'The President's words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger, ' Pelosi said.

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Earlier, politicians, activists and celebrities had joined an outpouring of support for United States congresswoman Ilhan Omar after President Donald Trump retweeted a video on Friday.

Trump captioned his tweet with: 'WE WILL NEVER FORGET!'

Ilhan Omar has been at the center of an escalating row following a speech she made about Islamophobia. Beneath that, in large bold letters, it said: "Here's your something".

Republican critics said that her comment "some people did something" was offensive to the almost 3,000 Americans killed in the attacks. She later sought to defend herself by tweeting a quote from President George W Bush, in which the Republican president referred to the attackers as "people" just days after 9/11.

But Omar has pushed back hard on the "offensive" accusation that her religion and refugee past make her less of a USA citizen.

"I have had some problems with some of her other remarks, but not with that one", he said.

Following Omar's speech to CAIR, the New York Post newspaper ran a front-page headline that said, "here's your something", along with a photo of the World Trade Center in flames. It remained lower in the feed after Pelosi requested that the video be pulled.

Trump was in Minnesota, which Omar represents in Congress, for a tax reform roundtable. Democrats who criticized the president over the tweet defended Omar, with some noting their past disagreements with her. It's disgusting. It's shameful.

Sanders questioned why Democrats weren't following Trump's example and calling out Omar, too. She won't back down to Trump's racism and hate, and neither will we. No one stood up for us, and 120,000 of us were sent to internment camps.

Rep Omar was speaking to a branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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