READ: Rep. Ilhan Omar Tweets ‘Since the President’s Tweet Friday Evening, I Have Experienced an Increase in Direct Threats Against My Life’


Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) says she’s faced increased death threats since President Donald Trump shared a video that claims to show her being dismissive of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

In a statement posted to her Twitter account, Omar says that many of these death threats are “directly referencing or replying to the President’s video.”

She adds:

“Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on the rise in this country and around the world,” she said. “We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land. Counties that hosted a 2016 Trump rally saw a 226 percent increase in hate crimes in the months following the rally. And assaults increase when cities host Trump rallies. This is particularly concerning given the president’s visit to my home state of Minnesota on Monday.

Violent rhetoric and hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country’s Commander in Chief.

We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. This has to stop.”

But Omar’s statement appears to have fallen on deaf ears. The president lashed out not long afterward, accusing Omar of having House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) under her thumb.

The president’s tweet is just one of several he’s sent out over the weekend assailing Democrats on everything from their push to release the Mueller report to their stance on immigration laws, and he was swiftly criticized for inflaming tensions. His past statements were also used against him.

Trump’s remarks came after Pelosi issued a statement saying she’d spoken with congressional authorities “to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff.”

“The President’s words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger,” Pelosi said. “President Trump must take down his disrespectful and dangerous video.”

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