Trump escalates feud with Rep. Ilhan Omar

Cheryl Sanders
April 16, 2019

The controversy arose after Ms Omar delivered a 20-minute address to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) shortly after the New Zealand mosque attacks in March. Some interpreted the remark as appearing to downplay the terrorist attack.

However, the context of her speech was omitted when conservatives began circulating snippets of her speech.

Omar's comments began circulating in media outlets last week, leading critics to question her loyalty to the US. 'We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land'. So you can't just say that today someone is looking at me odd and that I am trying to make myself look pleasant.

In the wake of the president's tweet, Omar said death threats against her had increased, with her office noting numerous threats had directly referenced the president's video.

Previous year she won the Democratic nomination for her congressional race in a district that has not been represented by a Republican in half a century.

After the Washington Post fact-checked the statement to clarify Cair was actually founded in 1994, a spokesman for Omar told the paper that she misspoke and meant to say the organisation's size had doubled after the attacks.

Members of the GOP swiftly pounced on Omar's characterization of 9/11.

In 2016, Omar advocated for compassion and leniency in the sentencing of a group of men who were accused of trying to join ISIS.

The lawmaker has mounted her own trenchant fightback, tweeting Saturday: "No one person - no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious - can threaten my unwavering love for America".

Omar's comment drew further criticism from the hosts of "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday. She is a proud American. Why are you working for her, she's a (expletive) terrorist.

The White House said Sunday that Trump did not wish any harm in last week's Twitter post about Omar.

Democrats "could have done more to help [Omar] out, but in the end I think they care more about their image", said Abdirahman Abdullahi, an area resident.

"She just said that, after that happened, it was used as an excuse for lots of discrimination and for withdrawal of civil liberties", Nadler, whose Congressional district includes Lower Manhattan, site of the World Trade Center towers destroyed in 2001, said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is under fire for issuing a "cowardly" statement that, as analyst Juan Cole wrote, "was so anodyne that Pelosi didn't even mention Omar's name". Colbert acknowledged that he had previously made similar comments about Miller on his show and did not experience the same amount of backlash as Omar. "It has to stop", said Omar.

Bass added that she is "certainly hoping" that when Trump goes to Minnesota, "his objective is not to rev up sentiment against Muslims [and] Islamophobia". Tlaib is also one of the first Muslim women in Congress.

From there she went on to say, "Here's the truth". "We are not there to be invisible".

This statement attracted more hateful comments towards the Congresswoman after Trump tweeted it with the caption "We will never forget!" and added an edited video of the 9/11 attacks.

Lawmakers from Trump's Republican Party have accused Omar of minimizing the September 11 attacks, while critics of the president say he took Omar's words out of context in order to stoke anti-Muslim sentiment.

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