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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) accused President Donald Trump of encouraging “right-wing extremists” to commit “violent crimes and other acts of hate” in response to the video that the president released on Friday afternoon that showed Omar trivializing the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Trump tweeted a video on Friday that showed Omar describing the 9/11 terrorist attacks as “some people did something” while she gave a speech at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR is a designated terrorist organization in the UAE and has been accused of being a front group for HAMAS, which is a designated terrorist organization in the United States.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
Omar claimed that the video that Trump released resulted in a spike of threats against her and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded that Trump delete the tweet.
Omar released a statement on Sunday in response to Trump’s video where she again failed to apologize for trivializing the 9/11 terrorist attacks:
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.
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 a 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.
Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country’s Commander in Chief.
We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop.
Omar conveniently did not include that fact that the analysis of the alleged hate crimes noted that “the researchers do not suggest that Trump directly caused any of these crimes,” Vox reported.
Furthermore, the study conducted by The Washington Post used “reported hate crimes” in its analysis but did not indicate whether those “reported hate crimes” resulted in criminal charges or if they were merely allegations that went unsolved. It is also worth noting that there have been multiple examples of fake crimes that have been blamed on Trump supporters and recent research has found more than 400 examples of fake hate crimes reported throughout the U.S. in recent years.
We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop. pic.twitter.com/gwB2kDUIRp
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) April 15, 2019
In 2016, Omar advocated for compassion and leniency in the sentencing of a group of men who were accused of trying to join ISIS.
Earlier this month, Omar called on the Trump administration from her congressional account to help secure the release of a senior Muslim Brotherhood member from prison in Egypt.
In 2017, Omar was one of only two Minnesota state representatives who voted against a bill that allowed insurance companies to deny life insurance payments to the families of terrorists.