Omar Says She's 'Experienced an Increase in Direct Threats on My Life'

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has since said she spoke with the House sergeant-at-arms, the congressional official in charge of security, about Omar's safety and sought assurances that a security assessment was underway.

Trump pinned the 43-second video Friday to the top of his Twitter feed with the caption, "WE WILL NEVER FORGET". Sanders was the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to come to her defense in response to Trump's post, writing in a tweet of his own that "Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage".

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

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders denied earlier Sunday the President was trying to incite violence.

"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".

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

"I am America's hope and the president's nightmare", Ms Omar said, according to a viral Facebook post. They said she is spending time with her family and focused on the work for her district while she is home for recess this week.

"They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces", Pelosi added.

"The president's words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger", Ms Pelosi said. And assaults increase when cities host Trump rallies.

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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.

"We know that he is scheduled to go to go Minnesota today and I imagine that he is doing that to further whip up irrational outrage over her comments".

By falsely reducing concerns about Ms. Omar's use of antisemitic tropes to a Jewish-only issue, The Times launders the antisemitic nature and severity of Ms. Omar's smears and falsely implies unfounded Jewish hypersensitivity.

Trump also included in the tweet an edited video of the 9/11 attacks. He added that Mr. Trump is tethering Ms. Omar to more visible Democrats, like her closest ally in Congress, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, whom Republicans have sought to make a boogeyman.

The very moment it became obvious this strong black Muslim congresswoman would not toe the line, she was always going to be maligned.

"It's absolutely abhorrent the comments she continues to make and has made", Mrs. Sanders said, questioning why Democrats haven't spoken out against their colleague. Not without fault, she has previously gone back on statements made about Israel and pro-Israel lobbyists.

Like any politician who criticises Israeli policy, she risked being accused of anti-semitism and is still fighting to lose that label.

"I have had some problems with some of her other remarks, but not - but not with that one", he said.

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