Tuesday, 23 July, 2019

Trump continues attack on Ilhan Omar with 'hate statements' accusation

Trump trolls Muslim congresswoman with video of her 9/11 comments Nancy Pelosi criticizes Trump for his tweets about Ilhan Omar
Patty Aguilar | 16 April, 2019, 07:58

Asked on "Fox News Sunday" whether Trump is anxious he was inciting violence against Muslims or Omar, 37, a Somali-American who immigrated with her family to the U.S. as a teenager after living in a Kenyan refugee camp, Sanders said no.

Mr Trump captioned his tweet with: "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!"

The comments were taken out of context however. "Can you imagine if she was representing your community, and you were in her district, how embarrassed you must feel today".

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. She wasn't minimizing the tragedy; she was suggesting that what some Muslims did threatened all Muslim Americans' civil liberties. "So to me, I say, raise hell", Omar said.

"I think that is wrong, I think it's beneath the dignity of the office, and I don't think that it plays that well, I hope that it doesn't", she said. And every single Muslim in this country should be exhausted of it. CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties. You have to say that this person is looking at me unusual, I am not comfortable with it, and I am going to talk to them and ask them why. You have to say that this person is looking at me unusual, I am not comfortable with it, and I am going to talk to them and ask them why.

The White House, for its part, doubled down on its attack on Omar Sunday.

High-profile Democrats, including 2020 presidential contenders, were quick to come to Omar's defense. Even many of those attempting to show her support are still mischaracterizing what she said, either because they didn't watch the speech, or because they're afraid of taking a stance that might alienate those who didn't.

"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".

Trump trolls Muslim congresswoman with video of her 9/11 comments

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requested a security review over the weekend, saying that "Following the president's tweet, I spoke with the sergeant-at-arms to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff".

Ilhan Omar, a Democratic lawmaker from Minnesota, has been at the center of an escalating row following a speech she made about Islamophobia in which she was accused by conservatives of downplaying the deadliest attacks on United States soil by characterizing the event as "some people did something". Her words are consistently approached from a place of extreme bad faith simply because of her religion. There is the assumption that they must have, at the very least, been torn between two identities-Muslim and American.

What has this liberal establishment done for Muslims in America besides extend surveillance on the community, bomb their cousins in the Middle East or in the Horn of Africa and hold an iftar once-a-year? That Islam and terrorist are synonyms. In contrast to Omar, the Republican and Democratic Parties are hard to tell apart.

In an email to supporters on Sunday, CODEPINK said it wanted to "echo" their call: "Don't give hate a platform".

Ilhan Omar has been at the center of an escalating row following a speech she made about Islamophobia.

Last month, she was the subject of anti-Muslim attack in the West Virginia legislature, where a poster was displayed at a Republican-sponsored gathering that falsely linked her to the 9/11 attacks.

The civil rights group was in fact founded in 1994 but grew significantly after 2001.

Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of NY, said Sunday that the snippet of Omar's speech used by Trump came from extended remarks about discrimination against Muslim Americans after the September 11 attacks.

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