Pelosi asks police to protect Ilhan Omar after Trump attack

Lester Mason
April 16, 2019

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday her Democratic Party must avoid the "menace" of liberal policies pushed by rising political stars if it wants to beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

"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", Pelosi wrote.

An upstate NY man was charged recently with making death threats against her.

Sanders, however, defended Trump, telling ABC television's "This Week" that "the president is wishing no ill will and certainly not violence towards anyone".

"Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on the rise in this country and around the world". "We can no longer ignore they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land".

The ultra-right furor follows a series of media provocations against Omar based on bogus claims of anti-Semitism because of her criticisms of Israeli oppression of the Palestinians and the subservience of many USA politicians to the Israel lobby.

Ilhan Omar, a Democratic member of U.S. Congress, is victim of "fabricated controversies" but it has galvanized support for her, believes an American activist and a friend of Omar.

While many have likewise "admonished" Pelosi for failing to mention Omar by name in her chastisement of Trump (at least initially), the outrage over Pelosi's purported cowardice belies the fact that most of the disgust for Trump has little to do with protecting Omar and more to do with the politics of spectacle that has become the lifeblood of the American news cycle. "President Trump must take down his disrespectful and unsafe video".

On Friday, Trump tweeted a video that juxtaposed the snippet - which Omar's fellow Democrats say was taken out of context - with images of the hijacked planes used in the attacks crashing into the World Trade Center's twin towers that once dominated New York's skyline.

She followed standard United States diplomatic protocol of senior officials not criticising the president while overseas.

Privately, Mr. Trump's advisers describe Ms. Omar as his ideal foil.

"It sends the message Omar is an important figure; she is having an impact on the conversation of politics in Washington and it also is a message that he [Trump] feels threatened by her, or by her politics and existence", Bedier asserted.

"She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!" he said of Ms Omar.

The tweet was posted at the top of Mr Trump's Twitter feed for much of Sunday, with more than nine million views. "The question is why aren't Democrats doing the same thing?" "Let's hope that the door for young women [in politics] is not closed after this moment", she said.

But she refused to take back a tweet in which she suggested American supporters of Israel "pledge allegiance" to a foreign country.

The attacks on the congresswoman [Omar] have provided Democrats with a rare opportunity to unify around Ms. Omar, whose previous comments about Israel have been interpreted as anti-Semitic by some Jewish Democrats in Congress.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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