Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) stated this week she’s seen a surge in threats in opposition to her life within the days since President Donald Trump focused her in an Islamophobic video final week. The White Home, nonetheless, is displaying no indicators of backing off its assault.
In a assertion Sunday evening, Omar wrote, “I’ve skilled a rise in direct threats on my life — many straight referencing or replying to the President’s video. … Violent rhetoric and all types of hate speech don’t have any place in our society, a lot much less from our nation’s Commander in Chief.”
She added, “We’re all People. That is endangering lives. It has to cease.”
We’re all People. That is endangering lives. It has to cease. pic.twitter.com/gwB2kDUIRp
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) April 15, 2019
Omar first got here underneath fireplace earlier in April after remarks she made final month earlier than the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) resurfaced on Twitter. Throughout her speech, Omar incorrectly acknowledged that CAIR — based in 1994 — was fashioned within the wake of the 9/11 assaults, “as a result of they acknowledged that some individuals did one thing and that each one of us had been beginning to lose entry to our civil liberties.” She additionally urged Muslim People to problem the stereotype that they had been all terrorists and demand equal entry to non secular liberty.
The feedback sparked a wave of backlash, with Omar’s critics claiming she was making an attempt to downplay the assaults.
On Friday, the president posted a video to his official Twitter account, highlighting Omar’s remark out of context, juxtaposed in opposition to ugly photos of the 9/11 assault on the World Commerce Middle.
“WE WILL NEVER FORGET!” he wrote alongside the video.
Monday morning, Trump doubled down on his assaults, as soon as extra accusing Omar of being “anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and ungrateful.”
“She is uncontrolled,” Trump claimed.
Earlier than Nancy, who has misplaced all management of Congress and is getting nothing executed, decides to defend her chief, Rep. Omar, she ought to take a look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements Omar has made. She is uncontrolled, aside from her management of Nancy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
Trump’s claims on Monday had been rapidly panned by those that stated the president was ignoring the total context of Omar’s speech and her previous work with Jewish teams to higher perceive the language of anti-Semitism. Journalism professor Peter Beinart additionally famous that Omar’s speech to CAIR final month was “deeply American,” saying her name for Muslim People to be extra vocal in opposition to injustice resonated together with his personal expertise with the Jewish neighborhood.
A coalition of progressive organizations and leaders issued a press release of solidarity with Omar on Monday, condemning the “fixed racist and bigoted assaults” she had confronted on all sides. Among the many signers had been the heads of Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews for Racial and Financial Justice, and Jews United for Justice.
CAIR’s Minnesota chapter and different neighborhood organizations plan to protest the president afterward Monday, when he visits the Nuss Truck and Gear facility in Burnsville. The teams stated the theme of their rally will probably be “Stand in Unity for: Love, Respect, Equality, Justice and Democracy.”
“Each American ought to be disgusted by Trump’s continued incitement in opposition to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar,” stated Nihad Awad, nationwide government director at CAIR. “He’s endangering Rep. Omar’s life by taking her phrases out of context and evoking painful imagery to use a nationwide tragedy.”