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Trump blasts Omar as 'anti-Semitic' and 'anti

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Jeannette Daniel | 16 April, 2019, 12:22

"I thank the Capitol Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the Speaker of the House for their attention to these threats", Omar said in a statement on Sunday.

In her speech before a Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, Omar said Muslims had "lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I'm exhausted of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be exhausted of it".

The four words "some people did something" were seized on weeks later, entirely out of context, first by a Fox News host, then by Republican Representative Dan Crenshaw of Texas, then by the New York Post for its inflammatory cover, and finally by President Trump, whose vicious provocations are rarely original, but simply copy and rebroadcast material packaged for him by the ultra-right and fascist media. Sanders was the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to come to her defense in response to Trump's post, writing in a tweet of his own that "Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage".

She said: "We are all Americans".

President Donald Trump tweeted a video of Omar describing the 9/11 terrorist attacks as "some people did something", which drew criticism from the far-left, who claimed that Trump was putting Omar's life in danger by quoting her exact words. Ilhan Omar's message has effectively been muted by the outrage over her word choice and the irony of it all, like the message itself, has been completely lost. However, the video is still live and has in excess of 10 million views.

A NY man was arrested and charged earlier this month with threatening to assault and murder Omar, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Western District of NY. "We can no longer ignore they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land". "We are ALL Americans!" She said in a statement late Sunday that threats against her life have spiked, and she explicitly blamed Trump's tweet for the surge. "It has to stop".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended Mr Trump, saying the president has a duty to highlight Ms Omar's history of making comments that others deem anti-Semitic or otherwise offensive and that he wished no "ill will" upon the first-term politician. "They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces", the California Democrat added. "I think it's a good thing that the president is calling her out for those comments and the big question is why aren't the Democrats doing it", she said.

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Trump had again put Ihan Omar, a 37-year-old Congresswoman, in the spotlight when he drew attention to her comments at an American-Relations event in Los Angeles.

Rep. Andr Carson, who along with Omar is one of only three Muslim members of Congress, said on the call that he believes that such a security review is "long overdue" and said that the Sergeant at Arms, he believes, has been "too slow" to respond to death threats because the believes they don't have the "capacity" at this point.

She went on to say, "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".

Following fact-checking by the Washington Post, it was confirmed that Cair was actually founded in 1994.

Omar, by contrast, had blasted Trump's top immigration adviser, Stephen Miller, as a "white nationalist".

"I stand undeterred to continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans".

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