Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar said the death threats against her increased after Donald Trump tweeted an out-of-context video of her remarks last Friday.
Who’s Ilhan Omar?
Omar is the first Somali American and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress. Along with Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ayanna Presley and Rashida Tlaib, she represents a new guard of young and more progressive Democrats.
In February, she criticized the influence of pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC and has become a frequent target of Trump and the GOP ever since. A Trump supporter was charged for threatening to “put a bullet in her fucking skull” earlier this month.
Omar’s CAIR speech
Last month, she gave a speech at Council on American Islamic Relations where she focused on the theme of Islamophobia. During her speech, she referred to 9/11 as “some people did something” but in full context, (here’s the full speech) clearly wasn’t being disrespectful towards the victims of the terror attack.
Jerrold Nadler, the congressman representing NY’s 10th district which includes the World Trade Center, said he has no problem with Omar’s remarks.
Trump’s misleading and hypocritical attack
Trump, never the type to bypass an opportunity to create conflict and controversy, grabbed the soundbite out of context and used it as a graphic attack on Omar. Right-wing media added fuel to the fire as well.
The truth is, Trump never really cared about 9/11 victims.
He bragged about how his 40 Wall St. building became the tallest building in downtown Manhattan after WTC towers fell and actually took a $150K grant for small businessmen, effectively stealing money from other real small biz owners who were in need of money.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, after being criticized for her lukewarm response to Trump’s attack, said she has contacted the Capitol Police to ensure Omar’s safety. Meanwhile, threats against Ilhan Omar continues to pile up. If you want to witness how ugly this country has become, take a look at the death threats against her on Twitter here.