The Baish| Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar stated on Sunday evening that she has been the target of countless death threats since President Donald Trump sent out a tweet containing a video which featured comments made by the Minnesota Democrat that seemed to dismiss the severity of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life—many directly referencing or replying to the President’s video,” Omar wrote in a statement. “I thank the Capitol Police, the FBI, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the Speaker of the House for their attention to these threats.”
She continued, “Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on the ride in this country and around the world. We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land.”
Last Friday, Trump sent out a tweet, which included specific parts of a speech Representative Omar gave in front of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). During the speech, Omar stated that CAIR was founded following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, “because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
The problem with her claim is that CAIR was founded in 1994.
“Counties that hosted a 2016 Trump rally saw a 226 percent increase when cities host Trump rallies,” Omar stated, citing research she said done by the Washington Post.
Omar stated, “this is particularly concerning” because the President is set to take a trip to Minnesota on Monday.
“The White House said the president will take part in a roundtable discussion on tax reform and the economy,” reports Fox News.
Omar stated, “Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country’s Commander in Chief. We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned the video, and on Sunday announced that to ensure Omar’s safety, she had spoken with congressional authorities after Trump’s tweet “to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff.”
“They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces,” the speaker said. She called on Trump to take down the video and discourage such behavior.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders vowed that the president would “continue to call out” Omar, whom Sanders charged unabashedly “continues to make anti-Semitic comments over and over again.”
“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.
“The bigger question is, why aren’t Democrats doing the same thing? It’s absolutely abhorrent the comments that she continues to make and has made and they look the other way.”