The video Trump tweeted showed Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, speaking at an event last month for the Council on American–Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights organization. Referring to the 9/11 attacks, she said CAIR was formed “because they recognized that some people did something.” The video then cuts to footage of the burning twin towers. In sharing the video, Trump tweeted, “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”
Omar was not dismissing the horror of 9/11; she was making a point about discrimination against a large group of innocent people for an act perpetrated by a few individuals.
Since Omar’s congressional office was closed over the weekend, the vast majority of threats against her have come online ― although her spokesman, Jeremy Slevin, said they get all kinds of forms of harassment.
Omar also said many of the new threats have directly referenced or come in response to Trump’s tweet on Friday.
I sincerely hope someone sends that POS to Allah the Donkey Pig 🐷 Monkey 🐒 God.
— Trump100% (@Trump100Percent) April 15, 2019
@IlhanMN needs to be hung. She's a traitor and a threat to the west. She's a pedophile loving Muslim
— Mitchell John Lowe (@MitchellJohnLo2) April 14, 2019
You are a terrorist traitor that belongs on the end of a rope for treason you and aoc. You are being watched!
— Eric (@Eric97117749) April 13, 2019
— Hunter Thompson (@HunterT07446349) April 15, 2019
Put this bitch DOWN hard.
— Bill Moore (@moore_bill) April 14, 2019
I think someone should do something to @IlhanMN! Clearly she thinks it’s ok for some people to do some things.
— American Patriot (@ampatriot4life) April 15, 2019
— Darren Anderson (@buckenthesystem) April 14, 2019
Omar’s comments from March began to receive wider attention after Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) tweeted them on April 9. The next day, “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade played them and said, “You have to wonder if she’s an American first.” On April 11, there was an incendiary New York Post cover. And then came Trump’s tweet the following day.
In February, members of both parties criticized Omar for criticizing pro-Israel lobbying efforts on Twitter, saying her tweets relied on “anti-Semitic tropes.” Omar apologized, but some House Democrats still pushed for a resolution that rebuked her.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that she spoke with the House Sergeant at Arms about Omar’s safety and security.
Despite Omar’s statement Sunday about the increased death threats, Trump redoubled his attacks Monday morning.
Before Nancy, who has lost all control of Congress and is getting nothing done, decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar, she should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements Omar has made. She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
Trump is in Minnesota on Monday for an event about tax cuts and the economy.
Earlier this month, a man was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill Omar. The next day, Trump gave a speech in which he said Omar “doesn’t like Israel.”
Muslim American public officials have long faced baseless accusations about dual loyalty, being a terrorist or supporting Sharia law. Trump is fueling the attacks further as president, but the hatred didn’t originate with him.
“Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country’s Commander in Chief,” Omar said in a statement Sunday. “We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop.”