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Muslim Congresswoman experiences increase in death threats

16 April 2019

Soon after her public request, the video disappeared from Trump's Twitter feed. In one she said that "no one person - no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious - can threaten my unwavering love for America".

On Friday, Trump tweeted a spliced video of Omar speaking at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in March about how terrorism leads to Islamophobia.

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".

The plain truth is this: Omar's comments may sound flippant when taken out of context, but they were nowhere near as offensive as the right made them out to be-and Trump's tweet, though thoughtless and unfair, did not represent any kind of violent threat.

The video in Trump's tweet included a snippet from a recent speech Omar gave to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in which she described the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center as "some people did something", along with news footage of the hijacked airplanes hitting the Twin Towers.

"Far too long we have lived with the danger of being a second class citizen and frankly, I'm exhausted of it. It has to stop". Trump also tweeted, "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!"

The video showed snippets of comments Omar made last month at a banquet for a Muslim civil rights organization interspersed with footage of the twin towers burning.

The top congressional Democrat used an appearance at the London School of Economics to set out a centrist vision that could help woo Republican voters frustrated with Trump's approach.

Following Omar's speech to CAIR, the New York Post newspaper ran a front-page headline that said, "here's your something", along with a photo of the World Trade Center in flames.

The petition says: "Trump has launched a despicable and irresponsible attack on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, sharing a propaganda video questioning the Congresswoman's loyalty to the United States".

"There are fabricated controversies; their aim is to hurt her reputation, misrepresent her words and meanwhile to reduce her reputation and put pressure on Democratic leadership to kick her out of the important committees", he said.

"First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as 'some people who did something, ' " tweeted Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, on Tuesday. "The president will continue to call her out, call her out by name and he's not going to be ashamed nor should he be".

A Trump campaign aide tried to shift blame for the danger Omar faces onto Omar herself, saying that "her ill-thought-out words", and not Trump's call to violence, are the problem.

Ms Omar's and Ms Pelosi's offices had no comment. She wasn't minimizing the tragedy; she was suggesting that what some Muslims did threatened all Muslim Americans' civil liberties.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speaks about Trump administration policies toward Muslim immigrants and her own immigrant background at a news conference by members of the U.S. Congress "to announce legislation to repeal President Trump's existing executive order blocking travel from majority Muslim countries" outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2019.

Muslim Congresswoman experiences increase in death threats