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Rep. Omar says death threats spiked after Trump tweet

16 April 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she's since taken steps to ensure the safety of the Minnesota Democrat and urged the president to take down the video in question.

On Friday, Mr Trump tweeted "WE WILL NEVER FORGET" alongside a 43-second edited video showing footage of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, spliced with a speech by Ms Omar. Sanders was the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to come to her defense in response to Trump's post, writing in a tweet of his own that "Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage".

Earlier this month a man was charged with threatening to kill Ms Omar over her Muslim faith.

"Certainly the President is wishing no ill will and certainly not violence towards anyone, but the President is absolutely and should be calling out the congresswoman for her not only one time but history of anti-Semitic comments", Sanders said. "We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land".

The far-right focused in on just one segment of that quote, "some people did something", as evidence of Omar being dismissive of the attacks.

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WASHINGTON - Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) defended Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Monday and said that "it is not antisemitic to be critical of a right-wing government in Israel". "I have found the Sergeant at Arms to be too slow to respond to death threats as it relates to certain members of Congress", Carson said and when asked to clarify added that he would like to see a deeper level of collaboration between the Sergeant at Arms, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local police enforcement because, "I just don't think they have a capacity at this point".

"President Trump must take down his disrespectful and unsafe video", she said, adding that security officials are reviewing Ms Omar's protection and "will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces".

The normalisation of anti-Muslim racism is not something that emerged with Trump. He called Trump's reported attempt to make Omar a household name a "cynical way to identify all Democrats with her arguably poor choice words".

But Omar said that since Trump retweeted the video Friday night, she's received many threats on her life that referred or replied to the posted video.

The tweet was posted at the top of Mr Trump's Twitter feed for much of Sunday, with more than nine million views.

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When you compare the vicious backlash over Ms Omar's words to the near non-existent criticism of Bush's, the disparity becomes clear.

"The bigger question is why aren't Democrats doing the same thing?"

"It's also hard to argue that it's an accident, that this president is once again focusing his ire and his attention on a person of color and a Muslim as well". Not without fault, she has previously gone back on statements made about Israel and pro-Israel lobbyists.

The lawmaker has also been embroiled in controversy after criticising United States support of Israel and for speaking out on the Israel lobby, AIPAC's influence on USA politics.

Even before the 2018 Midterms, Muslim American lawmaker, Ilhan Omar, has been the target of a vast smear campaign; Whether it's by Republican groups, right-wing journalists, Israel lobbyists, or Saudi trolls.

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Rep. Omar says death threats spiked after Trump tweet