Pelosi asks police to protect Ilhan Omar after Trump attack

Pelosi asks police to protect Ilhan Omar after Trump attack

Trump accused Omar - the first black Muslim woman elected to Congress - in a tweet Monday of making "anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements".

On Friday, Mr Trump tweeted "WE WILL NEVER FORGET" alongside a 43-second edited video showing footage of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, spliced with a speech by Ms Omar.

Representative Omar was speaking March 23 at a dinner sponsored by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Los Angeles, one week after a fascist gunmen killed 50 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"Here's the truth: Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen. It has to stop". "She is challenging the dominant paradigm of young people entering politics and remaining quiet", Fahmy said about Omar.

Ms Pelosi said officials will continue to monitor and assess threats against Ms Omar, and called on Mr Trump to discourage such behaviour.

"And I think that it's a good thing the president is calling her out", White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said in defence of Trump's tweets about Omar's words, ignoring, of course, that they had been distorted and taken out of context.

"Shouldn't she be a little more careful with her own tone?" said Ed Henry of Fox News recently in an interview with Hassan Shibly, head of Florida's CAIR chapter. "So numerous things Trump has been speaking against, and he had campaigned for the office [of the president]".

Pelosi actually made no mention of Omar in a statement issued from Stuttgart, Germany, where she was visiting US troops and receiving a briefing on US-NATO military deployments against Russian Federation.

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".

In a statement released Sunday night, Omar said in the days since Trump tweeted about the speech she gave last month, she has experienced an increase in death threats. She referenced the 9/11 attacks, somewhat dismissively, with the phrase "some people did something".

Mrs. Sanders told ABC News that Ms. Omar's characterization was "disgraceful and unbefitting of a member of Congress". "I thank the Capitol Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the Speaker of the House for their attention to these threats", Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, said in a statement released on Sunday evening. However, in referring to the 9/11 attacks as "something" that "some people did", she invoked the wrath of the president.

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.

But she made explicitly clear that new Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - an emerging force in U.S. politics who is often simply referred to as AOC - and fellow young progressives elected in 2018 represented only the margins of American society. Ultimately, it should not matter how adamantly Trump disagrees with Omar.

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