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

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2019

The president, perhaps believing that making her the progressive face of the Democratic Party will help rally his base in the early stages of his 2020 re-election bid, maintained the pressure Monday, tweeting that Omar is "out of control".

Even before Trump's post, a man was arrested April 5 and charged with threatening to murder Omar, after he called her office and said "I'll put a bullet in her (expletive) skull", according to Omar's statement. "It has to stop".

Bernie Sanders, Democratic presidential candidate had called Trump's tweet "disgusting and dangerous", while Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the US House of Representatives, scolded the president for using the "painful images of 9/11 for a political attack" against Omar.

Soon after Ms Pelosi's statement, the video disappeared as a pinned tweet at the top of Mr Trump's Twitter feed but it has not been deleted. An upstate NY man was recently charged with making death threats against her.

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

Rep. Omar is not responsible for the rise in hate crimes, and she is not responsible for the threats on her life.

"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. "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 said in a statement on Sunday.

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

A number of prominent Democrats have condemned President Donald Trump for quoting Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-Minn.) dismissive description of the 9/11 terrorist attacks while at the same time, haven't disavowing the content of their colleague's remarks.

The controversy arose after Ms Omar delivered a 20-minute address to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) shortly after the New Zealand mosque attacks in March. "We will never forget", the video reads. Beneath that, in large bold letters, it said: "Here's your something".

Critics accuse Omar of being flippant in describing the perpetrators of the attacks that killed almost 3000 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.

Last month, she was the subject of anti-Muslim attack in the West Virginia legislature, where a poster was displayed at a Republican-sponsored gathering that falsely linked her to the 9/11 attacks.

"I took an oath to uphold the Constitution", she said. "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".

Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of NY, said Sunday that the snippet of Omar's speech used by Trump came from extended remarks about discrimination against Muslim Americans after the September 11 attacks.

The clip, which had been viewed more than 9.4 million times as of Sunday afternoon, ends with the words: "SEPTEMBER 11 2001 WE REMEMBER". It remained lower in the feed after Pelosi requested that the video be pulled.

Sanders questioned why Democrats weren't following Trump's example and calling out Omar, too.

Omar repeatedly has pushed fellow Democrats into uncomfortable territory with comments about Israel and the strength of the Jewish state's influence in Washington. His supporters, a circus of right wing media and pundits, are insinuating that she is neither fit for Congress nor is she a loyal citizen of the United States.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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