Ilhan Omar says death threats increased after Trump tweet

Ilhan Omar says death threats increased after Trump tweet

Soon after Ms Pelosi's statement, the video disappeared as a pinned tweet at the top of Mr Trump's Twitter feed, but it was not deleted.

Donald Trump on Monday stepped up his attacks against Ms Omar, calling her "out of control".

"Far too long we have lived with the danger of being a second class citizen and frankly, I'm exhausted of it".

"First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as 'some people who did something.' Unbelievable", the Texas Republican said in a tweet last week.

WASHINGTON - Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) defended Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Monday and said that "it is not antisemitic to be critical of a right-wing government in Israel".

"This is endangering lives", she said, accusing Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism.

By abandoning Omar and fuelling the impression that her AIPAC comments two months ago were anti-semitic, mainstream Democrats and the liberal establishment created the foundation in which attacking a sitting congresswoman's "Americanness" would be eventually acceptable. She tweeted back at Kilmeade and Crenshaw: "This is risky incitement, given the death threats I face".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday the president is not trying to incite violence against Omar and that he wishes no "ill will" upon the congresswoman, the Associated Press reported.

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.

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Omar said numerous threats she has received have directly referenced or replied to the president's video.

Earlier, Pelosi issued a statement while traveling in London saying she had spoken with congressional authorities "to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff". On Saturday, the Women's March called for Twitter to suspend President Trump's account. She blamed Democrats for refusing "to call her out" for what she termed anti-Semitic comments by Omar.

Democrats condemned Trump for tweeting the video, which spliced a fraction of Omar's comments to a Council on American Islamic Relations (Cair) conference last month, about the problem of Islamophobia, with images of the Twin Towers burning and falling.

Omar also cited in her statement that this kind of rhetoric isn't unusual for the president.

"I think that is wrong, I think it's beneath the dignity of the office, and I don't think that it plays that well, I hope that it doesn't", she said.

Trump plans to visit Minnesota on Monday, Omar's home state, for a rally.

It is natural to disagree with politicians, but no matter how opposed one is to their values, inciting violence against them through misinformation - as Trump did with his video - is never OK.

Crenshaw also endorsed a tweet that claimed Omar "does not consider [September 11] a terrorist attack on the us by terrorists" and repeated the far-right conspiracy theory that CAIR serves as little more than a front for foreign terrorists.

Ilhan Omar, who was targeted by the president in a Twitter video message intercut with images of the September 11 terror attacks on the U.S., White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

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