Omar cites death threats, says Trump must not encourage them

Remigio Civitarese
Апреля 16, 2019

The president, perhaps believing that making her the progressive face of the Democratic Party will help rally his base in the early stages of his 2020 re-election bid, maintained the pressure Monday, tweeting that Omar is "out of control".

She actually said: "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". "It has to stop".

The White House's decision to double down on Ms Ilhan Omar came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the country's most powerful Democrat, said she had spoken to the authorities about her colleague's safety and urged Mr Trump to delete the clip.

Tweeting on Monday, Trump showed he wasn't prepared to back down over the furor, accusing Omar of making "anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements" and calling on top Democrat Nancy Pelosi to step in.

Pelosi was among the Democrats who had criticised Trump over the tweet, with some accusing him of trying to incite violence against the Muslim politician.

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

'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. 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. "We are all Americans".

"We are all Americans".

"This is endangering lives", she said. "Following the President's tweet, I spoke with the sergeant-at-arms to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff", she said.

Omar sent a string of tweets on Saturday after Trump's September 11 video, but she didn't address the president directly.

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

Pelosi called Trump's video "disrespectful and dangerous" and said it must be removed.

The controversy arose after Omar delivered a 20-minute address to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) shortly after the New Zealand mosque attacks in March.

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

Ms Omar, a Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota, has been at the center of an escalating row following a speech she made about Islamophobia in which she was accused by conservatives of downplaying the deadliest attacks on U.S. soil by characterising the event as "some people did something". 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.

Neither Mr Trump's tweet nor the video included Ms Omar's full quote or the context of her comments, which were about Muslims feeling that their civil liberties had been eroded after the attacks.

The White House said Sunday that Trump did not wish any harm in his Twitter post about Omar. It remained lower in the feed after Pelosi requested that the video be pulled. Over the weekend, Yemen American bodegas and stores across New York City refused to sell the paper in their stores.

Some 200 Democratic activists, teachers, local officials and Jewish and Muslim leaders signed a statement of solidarity with Omar and demanded an end to the attacks. I'll put a bullet in her (expletive) skull'.

Omar has received numerous death threats since taking office in January.

She was discussing civil rights for Muslim Americans in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. "It has to stop", she said.

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