Trump calls Muslim lawmaker Ilhan Omar 'out of control' in latest attack

Trump calls Muslim lawmaker Ilhan Omar 'out of control' in latest attack

Pelosi had earlier called on Trump to take down the video tweet, adding she has serious concerns for Omar's safety due to the resulting outcry against the congresswoman.

Supporters of US Representative Ilhan Omar rallied outside a Minnesota business visited by US President Donald Trump on Monday after he launched a fresh attack on the Muslim-American lawmaker by calling her an "out of control" purveyor of "hate" speech.

Ms Sanders was referencing a previous controversy sparked by Ms Omar speaking out against the influence of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobby group in USA politics.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during a press briefing at the White House on March 11, 2019, in Washington.

What followed was a vicious cycle of thunderous conservative indignation, complete with President Donald Trump tweeting a video mashing up Omar's remarks with footage the planes hitting the Twin Towers, followed by an overreaching liberal backlash against the backlash, in which Democratic presidential contenders Beto O'Rourke and Sen.

"CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties. for far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I'm exhausted of it and every single Muslim in the country should be exhausted of it", she said.

"The president's words weigh a tonne, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger", Pelosi said. "It has to stop", Omar wrote in a tweeted statement.

Acknowledging that support, Omar said in a tweet on Saturday, "Thank you for standing with me - against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country - to fight for the America we all deserve". Trump captioned his tweet with: "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!"

In a statement released on Sunday night, Omar said: "Since the president's tweet Friday evening, I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life - many directly referencing or replying to the president's video".

Critics accuse Ms Omar of being flippant in describing the perpetrators of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people. She later sought to defend herself by tweeting a quote from President George W Bush, in which the Republican president referred to the attackers as "people" just days after 9/11.

The statement even prompted the father of a New York firefighter who died on September 11, 2001, to pen an op-ed in the New York Post titled, "My FDNY son's death on 9/11 was more than just 'something'". It remained lower in the feed after Pelosi requested that the video be pulled.

The petition calls on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to "do the right thing" and suspend Trump from their platforms "for inciting violence and engaging in hate speech".

But, she added: "The president is absolutely and should be calling out the congresswoman for her not only one-time but history of anti-Semitic comments".

Omar repeatedly has pushed fellow Democrats into uncomfortable territory with comments about Israel and the strength of the Jewish state's influence in Washington. A rep for Omar told the Washington Post that she "meant to refer to the fact that the organization had doubled in size after the September 11 attacks".

"They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces", the speaker said.

Friday's tweet wasn't the first attack by Trump on Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress. "I'll put a bullet in her [obscenity] skull".

On Thursday, the New York Post had helped set the tone by publishing a front page that showed her comment, "Some people did something", over a similar image.



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