Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

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

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

Trump on Monday tweeted that Omar is "out of control" and criticised Pelosi for defending the Minnesota Democrat. 'President Trump must take down his disrespectful and risky video'.

While addressing Rep. Ilhan Omar's use of "language kind of associated with anti-semitism", Baier asked Sanders, "Can you understand why some Jewish Americans would have a problem with some of that?" "I think all immigrants and refugees are welcome here", said Kate Havelin. "We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land".

Democrats claimed the video does not provide context to Ms Omar's 20-minute speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair) on 23 March.

US President Donald Trump has doubled down on his attack on Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

Some Democrats accuse Trump of stirring up the same kind of Islamophobia that Omar was decrying.

In contrast to Omar, the Republican and Democratic Parties are hard to tell apart.

Trump on Friday tweeted a video of Representative Ilhan Omar giving a speech about the treatment of Muslims after the September, 11, 2001 attacks, spliced with images of the World Trade Centre on fire.

During her speech at the CAIR event last month, Omar said that "CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties".

Privately, Mr. Trump's advisers describe Ms. Omar as his ideal foil.

He next played a clip of Trump in 2016 saying "Islam hates us" and read a quote from the New York Times'Maggie Haberman suggesting Trump is intentionally trying to make Omar "an enemy among enemies" as the 2020 campaign heats up and identify all Democrats with Omar's arguable "poor choice of words".


Congresswoman Omar has become a lightning rod for criticism following her 2018 election.

Pelosi also called on Trump to take down the video, which she described "disrespectful" and "dangerous".

Republican critics said that her comment "some people did something" was offensive to the almost 3,000 Americans killed in the attacks.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders noted that then-President George W. Bush, a Republican, went to a mosque after 9/11 to assure Muslim Americans that they are not criminals and terrorists.

On Sunday, Pelosi asked House officials to review security measures meant to protect Representative Omar after President Trump's tweet.

Ilhan Omar, who was targeted by the president in a Twitter video message intercut with images of the September 11 terror attacks on the U.S., White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

The tweeted video also comes after a 55-year-old NY man was arrested and charged with threatening to assault and murder Rep. Omar on April 6.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat who represents Manhattan's financial district, which was targeted on 9/11, said he had no issues with Omar's characterization of the attack.

She later added: "You see this outrage when I speak the truth".

Sanders made the remarks during a packed hour-long Fox News town hall in Bethlehem, Pa., in response to a question from Fox News anchor Bret Baier.

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