Published: Tue, April 16, 2019

Trump continues attack on Ilhan Omar with 'hate statements' accusation

Trump continues attack on Ilhan Omar with 'hate statements' accusation

The women-led group also denounced the video, calling it "a unsafe incitement [that] puts Rep. Omar's life in danger".

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.

Ms Pelosi took time out from an official trip to issue a strong statement urging Mr Trump to take the clip down.

It would be no more appropriate to accuse Trump of inciting violence against Omar than it would be to hold the far left at fault for the 2017 congressional baseball shooting, which was perpetrated by a Sanders supporter who had appropriated some views of the Republicans-are-the-real-Taliban variety.

A man from upstate NY was recently charged with making death threats against her.

The White House remained firm, saying Omar should be called out for her comments.

In an interview with ABC News, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted, "It's a good thing that the president is calling [Omar] out".

Celebrities, activists and politicians, including many who have criticised Omar in the past for comments on Israel, came to Omar's defence under #IStandWithIlhanOmar.

"Representative Omar is receiving countless death threats as the president of the United States is inciting violence against a Black Muslim sitting member of congress, putting her life at risk".

"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", Omar added. 'We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land'.


Taking questions during an appearance at the London School of Economics, Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she was hesitant to criticize Trump while on foreign soil.

Pelosi announced on Sunday that U.S. Capitol Police and the House sergeant-at-arms "are conducting a security assessment to safeguard" Omar, he family and staff.

On April 12, Trump posted a video that spliced news footage of 9/11 with a speech Omar gave last month where she described the attacks as "some people did something".

Pelosi also called on Trump to take down the video, which she described "disrespectful" and "dangerous".

On Friday, he Tweeted a 9/11 video alongside Omar's comments about the terrorist attacks, which critics said downplayed them.

Trump captioned his tweet with: 'WE WILL NEVER FORGET!'

The president, perhaps believing that making her the progressive face of the Democratic Party will help rally his base in the early stages of his 2020 re-election bid, maintained the pressure Monday, tweeting that Omar is "out of control".

Some also expressed their support for Rep. Omar.

Cair, she said, was founded "because they recognised that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties".

Omar repeatedly has pushed fellow Democrats into uncomfortable territory with comments about Israel and the strength of the Jewish state's influence in Washington. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said he had no issue with how Omar characterized 9/11.

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