Omar cites more death threats against her since Trump tweet
Apr 16 2019
The bullying has been quite extraordinary.
Pelosi, in Europe leading a delegation, on Monday said the president should not use 9/11 as a political tool.
In her address, Omar had said the CAIR "was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties".
"For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I'm exhausted of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be exhausted of it", Omar's full quote said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also announced that she had spoken with the House's sergeant-at-arms to confirm that Capitol Police conduct a security assessment for Ilhan Omar and her family. Trump's comment to the Republican Jewish Coalition came a day later.
Omar's win was celebrated as historic, and her arrival in Washington contributed to the appreciation that Congress was finally becoming a more diverse, representative American institution. They want her gone because she upsets a cabal that is still essentially upper class, white, Christian, instrumentally liberal but ultimately conservative and war-mongering.
The Minnesota branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, responded to Trump's attacks by organizing the rally, where people carried signs and chanted in support of Omar.
"The bigger question is why aren't Democrats doing the same thing?"
The Minnesota congresswoman said on Sunday evening that she had experienced "an increase in direct threats on my life - many directly referencing or replying to the president's video".
On Friday, Trump tweeted a video that juxtaposed the snippet - which some Democrats say was taken out of context - with images of the hijacked planes crashing into the World Trade Center's twin towers in NY. But the senator from Vermont remains an independent locked in conflict with the Democratic party's mainstream, and the extent to which that mainstream, along with establishment liberals, has allowed American politics to reach this level of hate has become clear through the treatment of Omar.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders justified the president's attacks on ABC's "This Week" saying: "Certainly the President is wishing no ill will and certainly not violence towards anyone, but the President is absolutely and should be calling out the congresswoman for her not only one time but history of anti-Semitic comments".
Ms Pelosi took time out from an official trip to issue a strong statement urging Mr Trump to take the clip down.
Pelosi demanded that Trump take down the post, which had been pinned at the top of his Twitter feed since Friday.
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. It's very clear that Donald Trump and the many, many others attacking her didn't bother to watch her full speech, or even a full minute of it for context.
What has this liberal establishment done for Muslims in America besides extend surveillance on the community, bomb their cousins in the Middle East or in the Horn of Africa and hold an iftar once-a-year?
Ms Sanders was referencing a previous controversy sparked by Ms Omar speaking out against the influence of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobby group in USA politics. She won't back down to Trump's racism and hate, and neither will we.
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