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PoliticsWords and consequences: A look at the Omar and Trump feud

00:20  16 april  2019
00:20  16 april  2019 Source:   msn.com

Trump Campaign Aide Blames Ilhan Omar for Death Threats

Trump Campaign Aide Blames Ilhan Omar for Death Threats "I don't think it is the president who's putting her in danger. I think it's her ill-thought-out words," said a communications director for Trump's 2020 campaign.

Trump also threatened to ship immigrants detained at the border to so-called sanctuary cities to release Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won't back down to Trump 's racism and Enough is enough. No more silence, with NY Post and now Trump taking Ilhan’s words out of

Trump also threatened to ship immigrants detained at the border to so-called sanctuary cities to release Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won't back down to Trump 's racism and Enough is enough. No more silence, with NY Post and now Trump taking Ilhan’s words out of

Words and consequences: A look at the Omar and Trump feud© The Associated Press FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sits with fellow Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee during a bill markup, on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump is weighing in on the most recent controversy involving Omar, retweeting video edited to suggest that the Minnesota congresswoman was dismissive of the significance of the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump isn't backing down from his tweets about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

Trump blasts Pelosi for defending 'out of control' Omar

Trump blasts Pelosi for defending 'out of control' Omar President Trump on Monday chastised Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for defending Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), saying the Minnesota Democrat is "out of control." require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "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," Trump tweeted.

Trump also threatened to ship immigrants detained at the border to so-called sanctuary cities to release Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won't back down to Trump 's racism and Enough is enough. No more silence, with NY Post and now Trump taking Ilhan’s words out of

Trump also threatened to ship immigrants detained at the border to so-called sanctuary cities to release Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won't back down to Trump 's racism and Enough is enough. No more silence, with NY Post and now Trump taking Ilhan’s words out of

In fact, he's speaking in Omar's home state of Minnesota on Monday amid a ferocious fight over her comments about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Omar, a Somali-American, says it's more than a rhetorical squabble, and that lives, including hers, are at stake. Trump says national security is at issue and that Omar is "ungrateful."

A look at the latest rhetorical battle between the pair that's more broadly about race and whether leaders and their words should be blamed for violence.

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THE AFTERSHOCKS

Omar says she's faced increased death threats since Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. "This is endangering lives," she said, accusing Trump of fomenting extremism. "It has to stop."

Nancy Pelosi says she talked with Sergeant-at-Arms about Ilhan Omar's safety following Trump tweet

Nancy Pelosi says she talked with Sergeant-at-Arms about Ilhan Omar's safety following Trump tweet House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she talked with the House Sergeant-at-Arms, the House official in charge of security, about the safety of Rep. Ilhan Omar and said she wanted to make sure a security assessment was being conducted. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); She said she wanted "to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff" following President Donald Trump's tweet on Friday.

Donald Trump escalated a rightwing attack suggesting that a black Muslim lawmaker is unpatriotic and un-American, prompting condemnations from progressive Trump also threatened to ship immigrants detained at the border to so-called sanctuary cities to release them, as a way to stick it to Democrats

Donald Trump escalated a rightwing attack suggesting that a black Muslim lawmaker is unpatriotic and un-American, prompting condemnations from progressive Trump also threatened to ship immigrants detained at the border to so-called sanctuary cities to release them, as a way to stick it to Democrats

Her statement late Sunday followed an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she has taken steps to ensure the safety of the Minnesota Democrat. Pelosi also urged Trump to take down the video.

The video soon disappeared as a pinned tweet at the top of Trump's Twitter feed, but it was not deleted.

Trump further escalated his rhetoric Monday morning, tweeting that, "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."

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WHAT OMAR SAID

Omar told a Los Angeles gathering of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on March 23 that many Muslims saw their civil liberties eroded after the Sept. 11 attacks.

"For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I'm tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it," she said in the speech, according to video posted online. "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."

Intolerance has no greater champion than Trump

Intolerance has no greater champion than Trump And what will you say afterward, America? That is not to encourage or even predict that there will be an "afterward"-- that is, that someone will use violence to silence Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress. But it is to say the possibility is real. Especially given that Donald Trump is leading a lynch mob against her. This comes after Jeanine Pirro of Fox "News" questioned whether Omar's faith -- she wears what Pirro called a "he-jab" -- was incompatible with being an American. And after an altercation in the West Virginia capital over a poster linking Omar to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

Donald Trump escalated a rightwing attack suggesting that a black Muslim lawmaker is unpatriotic and un-American, prompting condemnations from progressive Trump also threatened to ship immigrants detained at the border to so-called sanctuary cities to release them, as a way to stick it to Democrats

Donald Trump escalated a rightwing attack suggesting that a black Muslim lawmaker is unpatriotic and un-American, prompting condemnations from progressive Trump also threatened to ship immigrants detained at the border to so-called sanctuary cities to release them, as a way to stick it to Democrats

CAIR was founded in 1994, according to its website, but its membership skyrocketed after the attacks.

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HOW TRUMP REACTED

The president on Friday retweeted a video that pulled "some people did something" from Omar's speech and included news footage of the hijacked planes hitting the Twin Towers. Trump also tweeted, "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!"

The president elevated criticism largely from Omar's political opponents and conservatives who say Omar's phrasing offered a flippant description of the assailants and the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

Neither Trump's tweet nor the video included Omar's full quote or the context of her comments.

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WHO ECHOED TRUMP

Other prominent GOP voices joined Trump in criticizing Omar.

"First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as 'some people who did something,'" tweeted Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas. The retired Navy SEAL lost his right eye in 2012 in an explosion in Afghanistan.

"Here's your something," the New York Post blared on a cover beneath a photograph of the flaming towers.

White House: Trump wishes no 'ill will' against Omar

White House: Trump wishes no 'ill will' against Omar The White House says President Donald Trump isn't trying to incite violence against Rep. Ilhan Omar, but rather is highlighting what critics of the Minnesota Democrat say is her history of anti-Semitic comments.

Donald Trump escalated a rightwing attack suggesting that a black Muslim lawmaker is unpatriotic and un-American, prompting condemnations from progressive Trump also threatened to ship immigrants detained at the border to so-called sanctuary cities to release them, as a way to stick it to Democrats

Trump also threatened to ship immigrants detained at the border to so-called sanctuary cities to release Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won't back down to Trump 's racism and Enough is enough. No more silence, with NY Post and now Trump taking Ilhan’s words out of

Fox News Channel host Brian Kilmeade said on a "Fox & Friends" segment on Omar: "You have to wonder if she's an American first."

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LIFE AND DEATH...

Omar has been the target of threats in the past. She tweeted back at Kilmeade and Crenshaw: "This is dangerous incitement, given the death threats I face."

"My love and commitment to our country and that of my colleagues should never be in question. We are ALL Americans!"

An upstate New York man recently was charged with making death threats against her.

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SAFETY

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said in a conference call on Monday they are concerned for Omar's safety, especially as Trump campaigns in Minnesota. Chairwoman Karen Bass said whipping up "outrage" over Omar "further puts her life in danger."

Added House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, "Members of Congress should be free to give their opinions on subjects without fear of threat of bodily harm."

"I'm concerned about it and the notion that, if your thinking is different from the president's, you become a target."

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Associated Press Writer Errin Haines Whack contributed to this report.

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Words and consequences: A look at the Omar and Trump feud© The Associated Press President Donald Trump pauses during remarks on the deployment of 5G technology in the United States during an event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, April 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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