President Donald Trump shared an edited video of Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American who is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, superimposed over images of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with the message: “We will never forget,” on Twitter.
Trump’s tweet followed remarks by the Minnesota Democrat that other Republicans and conservatives commentators labeled as an attempt by Omar to diminish the attacks the incident, but in fact were intended to describe the loss of civil liberties that followed the 2001 incident.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the U.S. Capitol Police and the House sergeant-at-arms “are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff” in response to the Trump tweet.
Omar said, “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. I thank the Capitol Police, the FBI, the House Sergeant-at-Arms, and the speaker of the House for their attention to these threats.”
“Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country’s Commander in Chief,” Omar said. “We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop.”
Trump has frequently villified Muslims, using Islamophobia to inspire support for his Republican brand of Fascism.
“Like his hard line on immigration, his plays on fears of Muslims — including inaccurately conflating them with terrorists — proved polarizing among the wider electorate, but helped him keep a tight grip on his most enthusiastic voters. In the South Carolina Republican primary in February 2016, for instance, exit polls showed that 75 percent of voters favored his proposed Muslim ban,” said a New York Times report. “Now, as he looks toward 2020, he is betting that electoral play can deliver for him again. It is a strategy that risks summoning dark forces in American society, a point Ms. Omar made in a statement Sunday evening.”
During the 2016 campaign, Trump suggested creating a registry of Muslims in the United States similar to the Nazi treatment of Jews in the 1930s.
Trump falsely claimed to have seen “thousands” of Muslims cheering on rooftops in New Jersey after Sept. 11, and he called for a moratorium on Muslims traveling to the United States in the wake of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris and California.
“I think Islam hates us,” Trump told Anderson Cooper, the CNN host, in March 2016.
Trump has been repeatedly denounced for not making forceful condemnations of white nationalists who traffic in anti-Semitism while making overly broad statements equating terrorism with Islam, a religion practiced by more than a billion people in the world, including 3.45 million Muslims in the United States.
The controversy arose from Omar’s remarks at a Council on American-Islamic Relations event, where she she had “lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it.”
Following the 9/11 attacks, “all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” said Omar.
Omar voted for H.R. 1, a set of historic reforms designed to end the culture of corruption in Washington.
The bill ends the dominance of big money in our politics and empowers American citizens by establishing a voluntary small-donor matching system funded by wealthy tax cheats and corporate lawbreakers, shines a light on secret money in politics through increased donor disclosure requirements, and strengthens campaign finance oversight.
“In this country, our diversity is our greatest strength. Immigrants fuel our nation’s economy, enrich our nation’s culture, and enhance our social fabric. Quite simply, we are a better nation because of our immigrants,” said Omar.
Omar serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Education & Labor Committee.
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