U.S. President Donald Trump slammed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Monday as "anti-Semitic" and "anti-Israel" amid Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) coming to her defense in response to the president tweeting a video, criticizing Omar for saying that the 9/11 attacks as "some people did something".
With a tweet blasted out to 60 million people, linking Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on NY and Washington, President Trump has joined a fascistic campaign inciting violence against Omar, one of the first two Muslim-American women to be elected to Congress.
Rep. Ilhan Omar: "Far too long, we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen".
Cair, she said, was founded "because they recognised that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties".
Mixed in with the graphic 9/11 photos and footage is a clip of Omar repeating the words "some people did something" from a speech she made on civil rights and Muslims in America.
Ms Omar said she had experienced "an increase in direct threats on my life", adding: "It has to stop".
Omar had been defending the rights of Muslim Americans in her address.
Ms Pelosi said officials will continue to monitor and assess threats against Ms Omar, and called on Mr Trump to discourage such behaviour.
The tweet, which had been posted to the top of Mr Trump's Twitter feed on Sunday, was removed after Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made the request to the White House, but is still viewable on his feed. "I will do everything in my power, and I hope that every member of Congress will fight not only antisemitism, but racism and anti-Muslim activity so that we create a nondiscriminatory society".
An upstate NY man was charged recently with making death threats against her. "President Trump must take down his disrespectful and unsafe video".
On Saturday, CAIR condemned the president's comments on social media, calling it a "life-endangering" tweet from a president who uses "shocking imagery" to potentially incite violence against a sitting Congresswoman while "exploiting a national tragedy" at the same time. Trump's video, which was briefly pinned to his profile, features only these four words out of her entire 20-minute speech. "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. And now, the president has accused her of trivialising 9/11. "For example, the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi calls for investigations which goes against the interests of Saudi Arabia and newspapers started a narrative that she is a threat", the academic explained.
Democrats who criticised the president over the tweet defended Ms Omar, with some noting their past disagreements with her.
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. Toobin said during a panel discussion about Omar Monday morning.