Rep. Ilhan Omar Calls on Twitter to Take Action Against Donald Trump's Twitter Account After He Retweets Defamatory Video of Her
Something must be done.
President Donald Trump is, once again, using his Twitter platform to insinuate that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) hates Americans.
Omar is one of Trump's favorite targets for Twitter tirades. He's previously tweeted that she "hate[s] Israel and all Jewish people," falsely claimed that she dismissed the September 11 attacks, and told her to "go back" to her country—prompting his supporters to chant "send her back" at a campaign rally shortly after.
On Wednesday morning, Trump retweeted a since-deleted video of Trump sycophant Terrence Williams which featured Omar dancing at a gathering. Williams and other Trump supporters falsely claimed that Ilhan Omar had been "partying on 9/11." In reality, the video was taken at a party on September 13.
Watch the original below:
Can someone name something better than @IlhanMN dancing to @lizzo? Because I can’t think of anything. #CBC2019… https://t.co/C2oodqxdOb— Adam Green (@Adam Green) 1568424534.0
Though Williams's tweet has been deleted, Trump's comment attached to his retweet of the video still remains.
IIhan Omar, a member of AOC Plus 3, will win us the Great State of Minnesota. The new face of the Democrat Party! https://t.co/aQFEygSa4D— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1568808891.0
Omar said of Twitter's response to the lies:
“They have a responsibility and they set community standards and clearly the president has shown many-a-times that he has violated their community standards. I don't even know why his account is not fully suspended — why he's not deplatformed.”
Omar echoed her earlier calls for Twitter to hold the President accountable.
This is from a CBC event we hosted this weekend to celebrate black women in Congress. The President of the United… https://t.co/FK5YRUm1LU— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar) 1568816514.0
Enough! Twitter needs to hold this #Lyingpresident accountable. https://t.co/FZtRSWbB5G— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar) 1568841352.0
Trump's attacks echo an oft-touted lie he used to tell: that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the September 11 attacks as the towers fell. This was repeatedly debunked, yet Trump never acknowledged it to be a falsehood.
Williams's video may be deleted, but the damage and danger brought by Trump disseminating was already done.
@realDonaldTrump My view: #Omar is an anti-American, non-assimilating Sharia Adherent who is involved in Settlement Jihad.— John Betts (@John Betts) 1568810606.0
Despite the Islamophobic hatred, others leapt to correct the record.
The president promotes another false smear of Rep. Ilhan Omar -- his third false smear of Omar in the last three mo… https://t.co/qSlILLYnld— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1568829753.0
It comes as no surprise that Donald Trump's racism and xenophobia knows no bounds. I look forward to continue worki… https://t.co/fZ2TBIAHV7— Bernie Sanders (@Bernie Sanders) 1568818082.0
Just so we’re all clear, Ilhan Omar definitely didn't celebrate 9/11 but white supremacists definitely did celebrate Trump's victory.— The Volatile Mermaid (@The Volatile Mermaid) 1568821624.0
Trump retweeting a false smear and inciting hate and violence against Omar again. Will @Twitter take any action? https://t.co/WsuQ96xMac— Mehdi Hasan (@Mehdi Hasan) 1568821198.0
Republican fake news strikes again.
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