Trump blasts Omar as 'anti-Semitic' and 'anti

Lester Mason
April 16, 2019

Tweeting on Monday, Trump showed he wasn't prepared to back down over the furor, accusing Omar of making "anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements" and calling on top Democrat Nancy Pelosi to step in.

"I think it's a good thing that the president is calling her out for those comments and the big question is why aren't the Democrats doing it", she said.

Just hours after Rep. Ilhan Omar released a statement reporting a surge of threats against her life following a tweeted attack from President Donald Trump, Trump again took aim at the freshman Muslim-American congresswoman on Monday by describing her as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "leader".

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.

In general, don't criticize a politician because some people might take it too far and threaten her would be a bad rule, one that would make it more hard to hold politicians accountable when they really have earned a good lambasting.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) suggested that Trump put Omar's life in danger while saying that any silence from her colleagues "is to be complicit" in his "dangerous targeting" of Omar. "Until the time that you realize the importance of 9/11 as the worst day in American history, I call for your removal from Congress". The Murdoch-owned daily paper featured an image of the burning Twin Towers on 9/11 referencing Omar's comment out of context-"9/11 was "some people did something"-and the words "Here's Your Something" in large print over the photo". 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.

The tweet was posted atop Trump's Twitter feed for much of Sunday, with more than nine million views.

Neither Trump's tweet nor the video included Omar's full quote or the context of her comments, which were about Muslims feeling that their civil liberties had eroded after the attacks.

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

"I will do everything in my power, and I hope that every member of Congress will fight not only anti-Semitism, but racism and anti-Muslim activity so that we create a non-discriminatory society", Sanders said.

About 200 people rallied in support of Omar while another 200 supporters of Trump gathered across the street and waved American flags.

Twitter typically removes tweets that violate its terms of service when they're reported, but the social media platform temporarily left the tweets up to aid potential law enforcement investigation of the tweets, a person familiar with the matter said, confirming a BuzzFeed report. She said: "We are all Americans".

The White House said Sunday that Trump did not wish any harm in last week's Twitter post about Omar. He said Pelosi should consider past remarks by Omar about Israel that were widely condemned by Democrats, including party leadership, as antisemitic.

Bass added that she is "certainly hoping" that when Trump goes to Minnesota, "his goal is not to rev up sentiment against Muslims [and] Islamophobia".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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