Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

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

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

Democrats claimed the video does not provide context to Ms Omar's 20-minute speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair) on 23 March.

When asked if he supports her, Sanders said, "I support a Muslim member of Congress not to be attacked every single day in outrageous, racist remarks". "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". The uproar led one Fox News host to question whether the congresswoman, a former Somali refugee, was "an American first"; the New York Post on Thursday published a widely derided cover with a photo of a hijacked plane slamming into the World Trade Center alongside Omar's quote. A small snippet from a speech about Muslims' place in the USA, her words were taken out of context by her detractors - including President Donald Trump. She said "some people did something" when referring to the 9/11 attacks on that killed almost 3,000 people.

Only after public comments noting that her statement made no mention of any threat to Omar did Pelosi issue a second statement, this time from London.

What she and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are blatantly ignoring, however, are Omar's original comments that started this incident - and the way she has conducted herself in many speeches ever since her election previous year as a member of Congress from Minnesota in the 2018 midterms.

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

The latest round of attacks on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar seem to have started after a video of Omar describing the 9/11 attacks as "some people did something" began circulating on the internet, giving the right-wing media an opportunity to accuse her of belittling the largest foreign attack on U.S. soil.

"It's not anti-Semitic to be critical of a right-wing government in Israel", Sanders said.

Ms Pelosi was among Democrats who had criticised Mr Trump over the tweet, with some accusing him of trying to incite violence against the Muslim politician.

"It sends the message Omar is an important figure; she is having an impact on the conversation of politics in Washington and it also is a message that he [Trump] feels threatened by her, or by her politics and existence", Bedier asserted.

One leading House Democrat, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, joined in the attack on Omar, telling MSNBC, "Those statements were not only hurtful to me, but extremely hurtful to everyone that was personally impacted by those terrorist attacks".

President Trump's words "weigh a ton", Pelosi said, adding that "his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger". And now, the president has accused her of trivialising 9/11.

The very moment it became obvious this strong black Muslim congresswoman would not toe the line, she was always going to be maligned.

Omar, by contrast, had blasted Trump's top immigration adviser, Stephen Miller, as a "white nationalist". "It has to stop", Omar wrote in a tweeted statement.

"The latent threat of violence against a Congresswoman by other members in the a different paradigm something which we have seen in America before".

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