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

Ilhan Omar

The imagery of the Post cover and the Trump tweet is very similar to what appeared earlier this year on a poster displayed by Republican Party operatives inside the West Virginia state capitol in Charleston, which showed a photograph of Omar, in a hijab, above the burning Twin Towers, with language deploring the election of the Muslim-American congresswoman as proof that voters had "forgotten" the 9/11 attacks. There are many of them who represent the country and not all of them get the attention of the US president.

Omar, a Somali-American, says it's more than a rhetorical squabble, and that lives, including hers, are at stake. "And frankly, I'm exhausted of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be exhausted of it. 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".

She later sought to defend herself by tweeting a quote from George W Bush, in which the Republican president referred to the attackers as "people" just days after 9/11.

"If we look at her mere existence, what she represents is everything Trump has been speaking out against - immigration, Omar is a migrant". Chad was dropped from the list of affected countries. "What if he was a Muslim", Ms. Omar tweeted. Congressman DeFazio says it proves Trump is racist and xenophobic. "She did not come before Trump but she became [Congress member] because of Trump", he observed. The question is, why isn't the congresswoman - why is she brushing this off dismissively?

Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. "She is not in Washington to play and that agenda is rooted in her experience".

"She is strong, she is determined but she is also concerned", Bass said.

"It's also hard to argue that it's an accident, that this president is once again focusing his ire and his attention on a person of color and a Muslim as well".

An upstate NY man was recently charged with making death threats against her.

"First that she is a Muslim woman and [second] she is a black Muslim woman", said Fahmy who addressed the rise of the alternative right and the mainstreaming of anti-Muslim sentiment in the US during the Islamophobia conference.

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On Friday, he Tweeted a 9/11 video alongside Omar's comments about the terrorist attacks, which critics said downplayed them. Patrick Carlineo Jr. of Addison, New York, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted, the U.S.

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"Certainly the president is wishing no ill will, and certainly not violence toward anyone", said Sanders, who called Trump's criticism of Omar a "good thing".

She was discussing civil rights for Muslim Americans in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. "This could perpetually lead to violence against herself".

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. "And yet there is silence", the American academic wondered. "They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces", the California Democrat added.

That's exactly what has happened, according to Omar.

Yet, it's hardly just "some Jewish Democrats" who interpreted Omar's infamous "It's all about the Benjamins baby" slur as antisemitic. "It has to stop", she added. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Omar emigrated to the USA settling in Arlington, Virginia.

Sarah Sanders called Omar's comments "disgraceful and unbefitting", and questioned what she sees as lack of action from Democrats on the issue.

Like any politician who criticises Israeli policy, she risked being accused of anti-semitism and is still fighting to lose that label.

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