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.”
“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.”
We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop. pic.twitter.com/gwB2kDUIRp
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) April 15, 2019
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.
Before Nancy, who has lost all control of Congress and is getting nothing done, decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar, she should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements Omar has made. She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
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.
Speaking of "getting nothing done"…why don't you get the hell off Twitter and actually DO something besides act like a whiny, petulant, pathologically insecure morally-bankrupt manbaby who incites violence which puts a US Congresswoman's LIFE in danger. SHAME on you… #Trump
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) April 15, 2019
Nancy has control and you took Rep. Omar’s comments out of context. You said Nazis were fine people and have made plenty of George Soros comments.
Maybe you need to get control of yourself.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 15, 2019
You are really afraid of something.
— Big Country (@big_country) April 15, 2019
Someone who thinks there are good people on both sides in a Nazi v. anti-Nazi rally doesn’t get to comment on anti-Semitism. You are a racist scumbag and give you a thumbs up to white nationalism, the enemy of anything different from themselves. Including Jews. #RacistPresident
— Gary Warlock 🏳️🌈 (@TreeShepard) April 15, 2019
Your ceaseless debasement of the office you hold knows no bounds. You have no sense of shame and no sense of decency. Your name will forever be associated with vileness.
— Daniel Martin Elliott (@Els_DC) April 15, 2019
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.”