Rep. Ilhan Omar Sees Spike in Death Threats After Trump 9/11 Attack

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., says threats against her have increased since President Trump retweeted a video edited to suggest that she was dismissive of the significance of the September 11 attacks.

"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", Omar said in the statement, which noted that she now receives death threats daily that often reference her faith.

Omar was speaking at a Council on American-Islamic Relations event last month.

"I will do everything in my power, and I hope that every member of Congress will fight not only anti-Semitism, but racism and anti-Muslim activity so that we create a non-discriminatory society", Sanders 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".

The New York Post featured a headline with Omar's face against the backdrop of a plane striking New York's World Trade Center and the words "here's your something". "She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!" he tweeted.

"When someone calls out a public official for things they said, it is not endangering their life or inciting violence", Rep. Crenshaw added following claims that Rep. Omar's words were being misconstrued.

Republican critics said that her comment "some people did something" was offensive to the almost 3,000 Americans killed in the attacks. She tweeted back at Kilmeade and Crenshaw: "This is unsafe incitement, given the death threats I face".

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. Trump also tweeted, "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!"

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Just a week ago, a man in NY was charged with threatening to assault and kill Omar, after he reportedly said "she's a [expletive] terrorist". "So numerous things Trump has been speaking against, and he had campaigned for the office [of the president]".

The featured video snippet of Omar has her saying "some people did something" but omits the full quote and context.

In her short time in Congress, Omar has already been at odds with her Democrats colleagues on some issues, though many were quick to condemn Trump for his attack her on this issue.

Democrats also argue that Trump's tweet, the New York Post's cover and similar messages can inspire real-world violence, citing a man who was charged earlier this month with threatening Omar by promising to "put a bullet in her ... skull".

Trump's comments were the climax of a media attack on the lawmaker, which accused her of indifference towards the attacks. She thanked Pelosi, the Capitol Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the House sergeant at arms for taking the threats against her seriously. "The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence", she said.

Pelosi's trip to Europe followed a two-day conference of the House Democratic Caucus at which she was at pains to maintain that the Democrats must continue to work with the Trump administration.

While criticizing Trump for his threat to ship undocumented immigrants to "sanctuary cities" like San Francisco-where Pelosi's congressional district is located-she declared, "I'm not giving up on the president", as a possible partner on immigration policy. "It has to stop", she added.

"We are all Americans".

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