White House denies Trump inciting violence against Muslim lawmaker Ilhan Omar

Elias Hubbard
April 15, 2019

The Minnesota congresswoman released a statement on Sunday night, blasting Trump for "endangering" her life with the social media post. "It has to stop".

"The President is inciting violence against a sitting congresswoman-and an entire group of Americans based on their religion". An upstate NY man recently was charged with making death threats against her.

Amy Klobuchar, another Democratic presidential candidate, noted that a NY man recently was charged with threatening Omar's life. Remove his propaganda video targeting Congresswoman Omar. 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".

However, Blackwell pointed out that Trump, during the 2016 presidential campaign, had made statements at rallies that many viewers saw as encouraging supporters to physically attack others.

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

On a separate story, Miss Sanders also said Congress was "not smart" enough to understand Donald Trump's tax returns as the pressure to release them heightened with today Monday marking Tax Day in the US. "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". Instead, she blamed Democrats for refusing "to call" Omar for what she termed anti-Semitic comments.

"The President's words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger", Pelosi said.

Omar sent a string of tweets on Saturday after Trump's September 11 video, but she didn't address the president directly.

Democratic 2020 candidate Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) struck a similar tone, when he said that Omar "won't back down to Trump's racism and hate, and neither will we".

Omar's critics denounced what they said was a flippant description of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.

"CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties", is the full quote from Omar (CAIR was in fact founded in 1994, but grew in size following the 2001 attacks), though Trump and others focused exclusively on the "some people did something" portion, arguing that it downplays the massacre and does not acknowledge that the terrorists involved were radical Muslims.

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. The tweet was posted atop Trump's Twitter feed for much of Sunday, with more than 9 million views. It remained lower in the feed after Pelosi requested that the video be pulled. By mid-afternoon the message had been removed, although at least one other anti-Omar retweet remained in Trump's feed.

Omar's original remarks warned that peaceful Muslims were demonized after the 9/11 attacks, and that is a legitimate concern.

Ms Sanders, however, defended Mr Trump, telling ABC television's This Week that "the President is wishing no ill will and certainly not violence towards anyone".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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