Following President Trump’s tweet on Friday, Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, claimed that since then she has been experiencing an increase in death threats. She released a statement on Sunday night condemning Trump for “endangering” her life with his social media post.
Trump’s tweet relayed a message “we will never forget”, and included a video featuring footage of the Twin towers collapsing alongside Omar’s controversial speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in March. She claimed that CAIR was founded after the 9/11 terror attacks “because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties”.
Omar’s statements have been the source of controversy as many Conservatives criticized her for the “some people did something” statement. She was also accused of working for the Muslim community. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders blamed Omar for being disrespectful and unsympathetic towards the victims of 9/11 attacks and favored president’s tweet.
“I’m glad the president is calling her out and holding her accountable for it,” Sanders said.
Soon after the tweet, a few members of the Congress took stance for Omar in order to “respond to the president’s explicit attack”. In the wake of Trump’s attack on Ilhan Omar over social media, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked the security officials on Capitol Hill to safeguard Omar, her family and staff. While defending Omar she said, “President Trump must take down his disrespectful and dangerous video.”
Ilhan Omar referred to the President’s tweet as hate speech and asserted that there has been a rise in violence and hate crimes by right-wing extremists and white nationalists across the world since 2016. “We can no longer ignore that these crimes are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land,” she said.
The Women’s March called on Twitter to suspend president’s account as they blamed him for spreading hate speech and inciting real violence.
In a tweet, Ilhan Omar said that the video tweet by the president signifies a direct threat on her life and wrote, “Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country’s Commander in Chief. We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop.”