Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Rep. Ilhan Omar says she has experienced increase in death threats

Rep. Ilhan Omar says she has experienced increase in death threats

Pelosi demanded that Trump take down the post, which had been pinned at the top of his Twitter feed since Friday.

In the latest incident, Trump posted a video to his 60 million Twitter followers that used a short snippet of an Omar speech followed by images of the burning Twin Towers in NY in 2001.

Mr. Trump, instead, lambasted the Speaker for her lack of "control" over Omar and her "anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements".

"She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!" he said of Ms Omar.

On Saturday, CAIR condemned the president's comments on social media, calling it a "life-endangering" tweet from a president who uses "shocking imagery" to potentially incite violence against a sitting Congresswoman while "exploiting a national tragedy" at the same time.

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.

Minnesota's Ilhan Omar said the threats were sparked by "violent rhetoric", accusing Mr Trump of stoking right-wing extremism.

Yet Omar's comments about United States political backing for Israel being fuelled by money from a pro-Israel lobbying group led to criticism from both sides of the political aisle. "This is something the Democrats have failed to hold her accountable for".

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The Minnesota congresswoman said she had experienced an increase in death threats, many directly referencing or replying to the president's video.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speaks about Trump administration policies toward Muslim immigrants and her own immigrant background at a news conference by members of the U.S. Congress "to announce legislation to repeal President Trump's existing executive order blocking travel from majority Muslim countries" outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2019. Omar is one of the first Muslim women in Congress.

Unlike President George W. Bush-who actively sought to ease and reprisals against American Muslims in the wake of the attacks-during the 2015-2016 period Donald Trump was talking up his proposed total Muslim ban as he campaigned for president.

Omar was speaking last month to a California chapter of CAIR - the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Trump wrote "we will never forget" in his tweet of the video. Klobuchar said. "And when the president put out that video it simply added to the hate and it added to the threat on her life". "But the president is absolutely and should be calling out the congresswoman for her, not only one-time, but history of antisemitic comments".

Referring to her previous controversial comments, in which Ms Omar questioned USA support for Israel, Ms Sanders added: "It's absolutely abhorrent the comments that she continues to make and has made and they look the other way".

Also speaking on a pro-Israel gathering of AIPAC, Bedier said that nearly all speakers spoke against Omar.

Earlier, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on ABC's "This Week" that Trump bears no "ill will" toward the Minnesota Democrat, who's been subject to at least one recent death threat.

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