"This Is Endangering Lives": Ilhan Omar Says Death Threats Have Increased Since Trump's 9/11 Tweet
The black Muslim congresswoman issued a statement on Trump’s tweet Sunday night.
Ilhan Omar says that she has received an increase in death threats against her after Donald Trump tweeted a misleading video of comments the Minnesota representative made about the 9/11 attacks last month.
The 45-second clip features a portion of remarks Omar made during a speech at the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) last month where she said, “after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something.” Scenes of the September 11th attacks are placed in between cuts of her comments.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
The full remark Omar made during her speech was:
“For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen. Frankly, I’m tired of it. And every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it. 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 words “some people did something” have been the focus of the criticism against her, with the words referenced in Trump’s video that he tweeted.
“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,” Omar wrote in a statement released Sunday night.
New Rep. Ilhan Omar 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.” pic.twitter.com/j9ajDLefYz
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) April 15, 2019
“Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country’s Commander in Chief,” she continued. “We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop.”
Trump’s tweet was posted on Friday and was reportedly pinned on his Twitter page for some time. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied that Trump was trying to incite violence against Omar during an appearance on ABC News‘ This Week.
“Certainly the president is wishing no ill will and certainly not violence towards anyone, but the president is absolutely and should be calling out the congresswoman for her — not only one time — but history of anti-Semitic comments,” Sanders said.
Last week, the FBI arrested Patrick Carlineo, a Trump supporter from upstate New York, for threatening to murder Omar last month. He was charged with threatening a US official and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.