'Hate statements': Donald Trump escalates Twitter feud with Ilhan Omar

Death threats Ilhan Omar

Donald Trump turns up heat in row with Muslim rival after 9/11 tweet by Daniel Binns Published

The video takes an excerpt from a speech Rep. Omar gave at a banquet hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in which she describes the attacks as how "some people did something", cut together with footage of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon burning. "It has to stop".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday she'd asked the US Capitol Police to provide more protection for Representative Ilhan Omar after President Donald Trump tweeted a video of the lawmaker intercut with images of the september 11 terror attacks on the US.

Ms Pelosi was among Democrats who had criticised Mr 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".

Donald Trump, on the other hand, is an active factor in both.

"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". 'We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land'.

Given that Omar, a proud-scarf-wearing-Black-Muslim-refugee-from-Somalia, says what no one in the establishment ever wants to hear, the right wing media have found it imperative to skew and distort her words at any given opportunity.

"The President's words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger", Pelosi said. "President Trump must take down his disrespectful and risky video", Pelosi added, as quoted by Haaretz. Trump captioned his tweet with: "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!"

Omar's remark that USA political backing for the Jewish state is fueled by money from a pro-Israel lobbying group, and her open support for a boycott and divestment movement against Israel led to vocal criticism from both sides of the political aisle. Beneath that, in large bold letters, it said: "Here's your something".

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

'Hate statements': Donald Trump escalates Twitter feud with Ilhan Omar

Omar came to the United States at the age of 12, as a refugee from Somalia. Like Ocasio-Cortez, she said on Twitter that any "elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it".

"Some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties".

Ms Pelosi said she talked with the House Sergeant-at-Arms, the House official in charge of security, about the safety of Rep Ilhan Omar and said she wanted to make sure a security assessment was being conducted.

In a statement on Sunday, Ms Omar said: "Since the president's tweet Friday evening, I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life - many directly referring or replying to the president's video". It remained lower in the feed after Pelosi requested that the video be pulled.

Seizing on a chance to target Omar anew, Trump departed for Minnesota on Monday to hold an economic roundtable just south of Omar's Minneapolis congressional district.

Omar repeatedly has pushed fellow Democrats into uncomfortable territory with comments about Israel and the strength of the Jewish state's influence in Washington.

But many rushed to her support after Trump's attack.

Congresswoman Omar has become a lightning rod for criticism following her 2018 election. It's disgusting. It's shameful.

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

The normalisation of anti-Muslim racism is not something that emerged with Trump. It's very clear that Donald Trump and the many, many others attacking her didn't bother to watch her full speech, or even a full minute of it for context. No one stood up for us, and 120,000 of us were sent to internment camps.

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