White House Denies Donald Trump Inciting Violence Against Muslim Lawmaker

Pelosi asks police to protect Ilhan Omar after Trump attack

U.S. President Donald Trump slammed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Monday as "anti-Semitic" and "anti-Israel" amid Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) coming to her defense in response to the president tweeting a video, criticizing Omar for saying that the 9/11 attacks as "some people did something".

"I think that many of us knew that this was going to get worse, because we finally have a leader, a world, leader, in the White House, who publicly says Islam hates us, who fuels hate against Muslims, who thinks it is OK, it is OK to speak about a faith and a whole community in a way that is dehumanizing", Omar said.

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".

"I talked to Ilhan about twice in my life", he said. "It has to stop".

"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", Omar said. She continues to make anti-Semitic comments over and over again, and Democrats refuse to call her out for it.

Omar's warning, which came hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., revealed she has asked the U.S. Capitol Police to increase protection for Omar, adds new urgency to the demands for calmer rhetoric from her critics, who have repeatedly charged her with anti-Semitism and now with downplaying the 2001 terrorist attacks. Trump also tweeted, "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!"

"Shouldn't she be a little more careful with her own tone?" said Ed Henry of Fox News recently in an interview with Hassan Shibly, head of Florida's CAIR chapter.

Trump's comments were the climax of a media attack on the lawmaker, which accused her of indifference towards the attacks.

In her short time in Congress, Omar has already been at odds with her Democrats colleagues on some issues, though many were quick to condemn Trump for his attack her on this issue. Pelosi called on Trump to take down his video linking Omar and 9/11. "I thank Capitol Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the Speaker of the House for their attention to these threats". A spokesperson for Ms Omar explained that she misspoke and was supposed to say that its size had doubled since the attacks. "The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence", she said.

Pelosi, a Democrat from California, also took aim at the press for its continuous coverage of his tweets, like last month, when the president tweeted over 50 times in a weekend.

When you compare the vicious backlash over Ms Omar's words to the near non-existent criticism of Bush's, the disparity becomes clear.

Omar, by contrast, had blasted Trump's top immigration adviser, Stephen Miller, as a "white nationalist".

But she made explicitly clear that new Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - an emerging force in USA politics who is often simply referred to as AOC - and fellow young progressives elected in 2018 represented only the margins of American society.



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