Dem Rep Ilhan Omar blames Trump, rallies for alleged threats after outrageous 9/11 comment

On Sunday, Ilhan Omar, the anti-Semitic Democrat Representative from Minnesota who angered many with her characterization of the September 11, 2001 terror attack as “some people did something,” went back on the attack, claiming increased death threats.  She went on to blame President Trump, who had earlier tweeted a video in response to her statement.

“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. I thank the Capitol Police, the FBI, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the Speaker of the House for their attention to these threats,” Omar said.

“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. 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,” she added, offering no proof of her assertion.

“Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country’s Commander in Chief,” Omar said.  “We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop.”

This is the video she referred to, which simply reminds Omar and everyone else exactly what it was that Omar characterized as, “Some people did something.”

Response to Omar’s tweet was predictable, with supporters urging her on.  Others, like this person, had a different opinion:

Mind you, in our view, there is no place for death threats against anyone — even Omar — and we strongly condemn any such rhetoric.  At the same time, Omar needs to realize that words matter, and her words have caused a firestorm of well-deserved criticism.  If she refuses to either temper her outlandish and irresponsible rhetoric or deal with the criticism that comes from it, perhaps she shouldn’t be in Congress.

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By the way, we’re still waiting for Omar to condemn the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.  But we’re not holding our breath.


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