by Axios | 4.15.19
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said Sunday she'd received an increase in death threats since President Trump tweeted a spliced video featuring her remarks on the September 11 attacks, saying such action endangers lives: "It has to stop."
What she's saying: "Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on the rise in this country and around the world,” she said in a statement posted to her Twitter account. “We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land."
The big picture: Omar and fellow freshman Rep. Alexandria Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D- N.Y.) said this month death threats spike with every Conservative critique they each receive. Earlier Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded Trump remove the video, which shows footage from 9/11 spliced in between comments from Omar.
Catch up quick: The video included remarks from a March address Omar gave to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in which she spoke of issues Muslim Americans had faced since 9/11.
"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."
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