Ilhan Omar says death threats have increased since Trump tweet
Rep. Ilhan Omar says she has experienced a surge in death threats since the release of President Trump’s Twitter video about her 9/11 comments.
The Minnesota congresswoman released a statement on Sunday night, blasting Trump for “endangering” her life with the social media post.
“Since the President’s tweet Friday evening, I have experienced an increase in direct threats…many directly referencing or replying to the President’s video,” Omar said. “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.”
The Democratic lawmaker continued, “We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land…Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country’s Commander in Chief.”
Citing data from a Washington Post report last month, Omar said: “Counties that hosted a 2016 Trump rally saw a 226 percent increase in hate crimes in the months following the rally. And assaults increase when cities host Trump rallies.”
“This is particularly concerning given the president’s visit to my home state of Minnesota on Monday,” the congresswoman added. “We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop.”
The video that Trump tweeted out on Friday featured footage of the Twin Towers collapsing, alongside a clip of Omar making her controversial comments about 9/11.
The Muslim lawmaker had been speaking at an event for the Council on American-Islamic Relations when she claimed that the group was founded after the terror attacks “because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
Conservatives have been condemning her for the “some people did something” statement.
“First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something,’” Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw tweeted last week.
In the tweet accompanying the Omar video, Trump wrote: “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”
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