Congressional Black Caucus says Trump put Ilhan Omar's 'life in danger'

Lamar Ellis
April 16, 2019

On Friday, Mr Trump tweeted "WE WILL NEVER FORGET" alongside a 43-second edited video showing footage of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, spliced with a speech by Ms Omar.

The relentless attacks from the media, particularly from the stable of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, was followed by President Donald Trump tweeting what can only be described as an incendiary video, in which footage of the 9/11 attacks on New York City is interwoven with Omar's words; the attacks on the Congresswoman moved from the obtuse and the absurd to the downright unsafe.

"CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognised that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to civil liberties". The uproar led one Fox News host to question whether the congresswoman, a former Somali refugee, was "an American first"; the New York Post on Thursday published a widely derided cover with a photo of a hijacked plane slamming into the World Trade Center alongside Omar's quote.

As President Trump has faced withering blowback over a Friday tweet that used video of the twin towers falling on 9/11 to launch a broadside against Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., many have argued that the visceral imagery could inspire more violence aimed at one of the first two Muslim women in Congress. Chairwoman Karen Bass said whipping up "outrage" over Omar "further puts her life in danger". "It has to stop".

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

But, she added: "It's absolutely abhorrent the comments she continues to make and has made and (Democrats) look the other way.

President Trump must take down his disrespectful and risky video", Mrs. Pelosi said in a statement Sunday.

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The liberal journalist began by accusing the president of using Islam "as a way of enflaming tensions and scoring political points", pointing to the president's claim that "Islam hates us" and his call for a Muslim ban during the 2016 election.

A NY man was arrested and charged earlier this month with threatening to assault and murder Omar, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Western District of NY. "President Trump must take down his disrespectful and unsafe video".

Omar was speaking at a CAIR banquet in California in March when she made her controversial remarks about 9/11.

On Sunday, Pelosi asked House officials to review security measures meant to protect Representative Omar after President Trump's tweet. They said she is spending time with her family and focused on the work for her district while she is home for recess this week.

He added that it is not antisemitic to be critical of a right-wing government in Israel. "I thank the Capitol Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the Speaker of the House for their attention to these threats", Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, said in a statement released on Sunday evening. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday criticized the president for using the "sacred" memory of 9/11 for a political attack. "For example, the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi calls for investigations which goes against the interests of Saudi Arabia and newspapers started a narrative that she is a threat", the academic explained.

"We are all Americans".

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