April 19, 2019

Trump escalates Twitter feud with Rep. Omar

16 April 2019, 11:13 | Devin Moran

Democrats say Ms Omar was taken out of context when she referred to the attack as 'some people did something' Credit AFP

Democrats say Ms Omar was taken out of context when she referred to the attack as 'some people did something'

"A member of Congress says President Trump has put her life at risk", Cooper said.

However, it's not just those attacking Omar who seem to lack context.

"CAIR was founded after 9/11", she added, "because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties".

Sanders defended Omar's remarks by attacking Trump in a tweet, writing: "Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage".

The tensions underscore Democrats' struggle to discern the best way to respond to Trump and the GOP's attacks on their far-left flank, criticism frequently centered on women of color.

In general, don't criticize a politician because some people might take it too far and threaten her would be a bad rule, one that would make it more hard to hold politicians accountable when they really have earned a good lambasting.

A year ago she won the Democratic nomination for her congressional race in a district that has not been represented by a Republican in half a century.

On Thursday, the New York Post had helped set the tone by publishing a front page that showed her comment, "Some people did something", over a similar image.

Trump aides and allies say they are pleased that some of the Democratic hopefuls for the 2020 presidential nomination are defending her against the president's attacks, claiming they think it will be damaging for them in the general election.

Omar, a Democrat representing Minnesota's 5th district, is one of the first two Muslim lawmakers to be elected into U.S. Congress, alongside Tlaib of MI.

The tweeted video also comes after a 55-year-old NY man was arrested and charged with threatening to assault and murder Rep. Omar on April 6.

But Omar's allies said that wasn't good enough.

The president's video honed in on remarks Omar gave to the Muslim civil rights organization the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party". "However, when we ask to be at the table, or speak up about issues that impact who we are, what we fight for & why we ran in the first place, we are ignored".

Trump posted the video after Omar described the 9/11 terrorist attacks by radical Islamists as "some people who did something".

Trump had a large group of his supporters turn out too. "They seem to be running away from it because they're afraid of controversy and conflict".

However, there was also no shortage of Omar and Pelosi detractors either.

Omar thanked the U.S. Capitol Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pelosi for their attention to the threats in the statement late Sunday night.

Omar later corrected her statement, saying Cair was formed earlier but doubled in size after 9/11. "It is her ill-thought-out words she used to describe the greatest terror attack on the history of United States soil which killed almost 3,000 Americans".

The level of outrage among liberals varies.

Omar's broader speech had condemned the increase in hate and threats to Muslims' safety in the the wake of the September 11 attacks. Over two hundred other progressive leaders have signed on as well. They also launched a petition about the matter.

Pelosi, in the meantime, doesn't appear interested in changing her strategy.

The clip, which had been viewed more than 9.4 million times as of Sunday afternoon, ends with the words: "SEPTEMBER 11 2001 WE REMEMBER". "She needs to be executed", one Twitter user wrote.

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