Trump, ultra-right media target Representative Ilhan Omar


Minnesota freshman Congressmember Ilhan Omar says she's received a spike in death threats since President Trump tweeted a video juxtaposing her image with footage of the 9/11 attacks.

The relentless attacks from the media, particularly from the stable of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, was followed by President Donald Trump tweeting what can only be described as an incendiary video, in which footage of the 9/11 attacks on New York City is interwoven with Omar's words; the attacks on the Congresswoman moved from the obtuse and the absurd to the downright unsafe.

But her detractors on the right have shown little appetite for backing off. "The question is why aren't Democrats doing the same thing?"

Representative Omar was speaking March 23 at a dinner sponsored by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Los Angeles, one week after a fascist gunmen killed 50 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Neither Trump's tweet nor the video included Omar's full quote or the context of her comments.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, then helped the video go viral by retweeting it last week, calling Omar's statement "Unbelievable". They said she is spending time with her family and focused on the work for her district while she is home for recess this week.

Only after public comments noting that her statement made no mention of any threat to Omar did Pelosi issue a second statement, this time from London.

Several prominent Democrats, including presidential Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, condemned Trump's tweet, saying he was inciting racism and violence towards Omar with the video. This is endangering lives. "For our colleagues to be silent is to be complicit in the outright, unsafe targeting of a member of Congress", Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted shortly after Trump's missive.

Pelosi's trip to Europe followed a two-day conference of the House Democratic Caucus at which she was at pains to maintain that the Democrats must continue to work with the Trump administration.

Omar in her statement Sunday night said Trump was encouraging violence - which Sarah Sanders denied earlier Sunday in an appearance on ABC's "This Week".

"Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on the rise in this country, " she said. "We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land".

"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".

"I think it's her ill-thought-out words that she used to describe the greatest terror attack on the history of United States soil", Lotter told CNN 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", she said.

But she made explicitly clear that new Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - an emerging force in U.S. politics who is often simply referred to as AOC - and fellow young progressives elected in 2018 represented only the margins of American society.