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Ilhan Omar says Trump’s actions are inciting death threats

16 April 2019

Look no further than Nancy Pelosi, the spokesperson of the House, who among a soiree of Democrats, "admonished" Trump for "using images of 9/11 for a political attack".

Last Friday, a man in NY was charged with threatening to assault and kill Omar, after he reportedly said "she's a [expletive] terrorist".

In a tweet sent before his departure, Trump singled out House speaker Nancy Pelosi for defending Omar, who he sardonically referred to as Pelosi's "leader".

On "The Late Show", Omar addressed the recent accusations of anti-Semitism and blamed the fierce criticism she often encounters on a "double standard", which she noted is "very much embedded in a lot of our culture these days".

"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".

"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 at the event. She said: "We are all Americans". "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.

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Lawmakers from Trump's Republican Party have accused Omar of minimizing the September 11 attacks, while critics of the president say he took Omar's words out of context in order to stoke anti-Muslim sentiment.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during a press briefing at the White House on March 11, 2019, in Washington.

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

Trump on Friday tweeted a video that juxtaposed the snippet, to a backdrop of menacing music, with images of the destruction wrought by the hijacked planes slamming into the Twin Towers, which once dominated New York's skyline.

Some also expressed their support for Rep. Omar.

Patrick Carlineo Jr. of Addison, New York, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Why are you working for her, she's a (expletive) terrorist.

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Since the president's tweet Friday evening, I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life - many directly referencing or replying to the president's video.

"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. "We will never forget", the video reads.

Critics accuse Omar of offering a flippant description of the assailants behind the attack that killed almost 3,000 people.

Neither Trump's tweet nor the video included Omar's full quote or the context of her comments. It remained lower in the feed after Pelosi requested that the video be pulled.

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". And they were doing it hypocritically, since this is the kind of thing each side tends to hate when the other side does it.

Referring to her previous controversial comments, in which Ms Omar questioned United States 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". "It has to stop", she said.

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"I have had some problems with some of her other remarks, but not - but not with that one", he told CNN's State of the Union programme. The White House on Sunday said the president has a duty to highlight Omar's comments and that Trump wished no "ill will" upon the first-term lawmaker.

Ilhan Omar says Trump’s actions are inciting death threats