Sunday, April 21, 2019
News Code : 357366 | Publish Date :2019/4/16 - 11:30 | Category: FORUM

#IStandWithIlhan responds to Trump hate tweet
Omar, who represents a district including Minneapolis, has been in US Congress just over three months but she has been targeted by Trump more than once.

Hawzah News Agency (Washington D.C., US) – A hashtag supporting Muslim American congresswoman Ilhan Omar has gone trending on Twitter following a tweet by US President blasting the freshman congresswoman over the false claim that she downplayed the 9/11 attacks, The Intercept reported.

"Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won't back down to Trump's racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end," Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) wrote.

 

 

It started with Trump tweeting a video on April 12 that splices a clip of a comment Omar made while speaking at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in March into videos of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

The comment, which came while Omar was discussing how terrorism has led to Islamophobia, is edited in a way that paints her out to be dismissive of the tragedy.

 

 

According to NPR, the full quote was "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." But the video only focuses on the "some people did something" comment, so when paired with the 9/11 footage, it looks horrible.     

 

Increased Threats

Despite huge support on Twitter, Rep. Omar said she has received an increased number of death threats after Trump's tweet, The Guardian reported.

Omar issued a statement on Sunday night saying: "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."

 

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

The congresswoman on Saturday said she would not be silenced by "an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country".

 

 

 

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