Trump blasts Omar as 'anti-Semitic' and 'anti

Lamar Ellis
April 16, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had spoke with the House Sergeant-at-Arms about the threats to Omar and had asked for a security assessment to be conducted. "It has to stop".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requested a security review over the weekend, saying that "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".

On April 5, a western NY man who told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents that he "loves the President, and that he hates radical Muslims in our government", was arrested for threatening to murder Omar in a phone call to her office.

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

Omar said that since Trump retweeted the video on Friday night, she has received many threats that referred or replied to the posted video.

"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. In one she said that "no one person -- no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious -- can threaten my unwavering love for America".

"They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces".

The US President went on to say Mrs Pelosi "should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful US HATE statements Omar has made" before defending her.

Earlier, politicians, activists and celebrities had joined an outpouring of support for United States congresswoman Ilhan Omar after President Donald Trump retweeted a video on Friday.

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.

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

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". Beneath that, in large bold letters, it said: "Here's your something".

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

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.

But Omar has pushed back hard on the "offensive" accusation that her religion and refugee past make her less of a U.S. citizen.

She was discussing civil rights for Muslim Americans in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

"I think that is wrong, I think it's beneath the dignity of the office, and I don't think that it plays that well, I hope that it doesn't", she said. He said Pelosi should consider past remarks by Omar about Israel that were widely condemned by Democrats, including party leadership, as antisemitic.

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

Earlier in the day, the White House denied Trump is inciting violence and Islamophobia. Democrats who criticised the president over the tweet defended Omar, with some noting their past disagreements with her. It's disgusting. It's shameful.

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders who is also a Democratic presidential candidate, wrote on Twitter: "Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage".

The normalisation of anti-Muslim racism is not something that emerged with Trump.

It is precisely the tone set by her own colleagues that have allowed the salacious and vindictive attacks to escalate.

"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", she said. No one stood up for us, and 120,000 of us were sent to internment camps.

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