Ilhan Omar: Death threats increased after Trump's tweet

Ilhan Omar: Death threats increased after Trump's tweet

After Trump-who, by the way, callously (and falsely) bragged on the afternoon of September 11, 2001 that he now owned the tallest building in Manhattan-posted the video, Congresswoman Omar says she "experienced an increase in direct threats on my life ― many directly referencing or replying to the President's video".

In an emotional speech last month to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Omar spoke out against discrimination against and suspicions of Muslims. "President Trump must take down his disrespectful and risky video", she said. But, she says, "no matter how much we have tried to be the best neighbor, people have always worked on finding a way to not allow for every single civil liberty to be extended to us".

Soon after Pelosi's statement, the video disappeared as a pinned tweet at the top of Trump's Twitter feed, but it was not deleted.

While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on April 13 that any discussion of 9/11 "must be done with reverence", she appeared to ignore Omar's apparently irreverent remarks on the subject, instead saying, "The President shouldn't use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack".

While many have likewise "admonished" Pelosi for failing to mention Omar by name in her chastisement of Trump (at least initially), the outrage over Pelosi's purported cowardice belies the fact that most of the disgust for Trump has little to do with protecting Omar and more to do with the politics of spectacle that has become the lifeblood of the American news cycle.

Omar said in a statement posted on Twitter Sunday that numerous increased threats she had received were "directly referencing or replying to the President's video". He said Pelosi should consider past remarks by Omar about Israel that were widely condemned by Democrats, including party leadership, as antisemitic.

Earlier, Pelosi issued a statement while travelling in London saying she had spoken with congressional authorities "to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff".

Ms Omar has been at the centre of an escalating row after a clip emerged of her characterising the deadliest attack on U.S. soil as "some people did something".

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'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, ' she said. Trump captioned his tweet with: "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!"

By abandoning Omar and fuelling the impression that her AIPAC comments two months ago were anti-semitic, mainstream Democrats and the liberal establishment created the foundation in which attacking a sitting congresswoman's "Americanness" would be eventually acceptable. "It has to stop", she added.

Critics accuse Ms Omar of being flippant in describing the perpetrators of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.

She later sought to defend herself by tweeting a quote from former president George W. Bush, in which he referred to the attackers as "people" just days after 9/11.

Sanders questioned why Democrats weren't following Trump's example and calling out Omar, too.

"I find her comments to be absolutely disgraceful and unbefitting of a member of Congress. It's absolutely abhorrent the comments that she continues to make and has made and they look the other way". But she refused to take back a tweet in which she suggested American supporters of Israel "pledge allegiance" to a foreign country.

Friday's tweet wasn't the first attack by Trump on Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress. "I'll put a bullet in her [obscenity] skull". "He's actually speaking out against it", Sanders said on Fox. "I think it's her ill-thought-out words that she used to describe the greatest terror attack on the history of United States soil", Lotter told CNN on Monday.

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