Whining about a death threat is now the highest form of humblebragging for the Democrats in Congress and liberals in the national news media.
The second one of them gets a threatening tweet from some nameless, photo-less person on the internet, we're all expected to drop what we're doing and lament the state of our politics – bonus points if you can blame some Republican, preferably President Trump, is "inciting violence."
The latest episode of "I Got A Death Threat Now Pay Attention to Me" played out over the weekend and into the post after Trump posted a video on Twitter splicing flippant comments about Sep. 1
This particular one happened to be very effective, exquisitely capturing the emotion of the deadliest attack on America and Omar's flippant attitude towards it. And so naturally, the opposition reacted with horror.
The best way they know how to fight back, however, is by claiming victimhood. Omar told Sunday in a statement that since Trump's tweet, she had "experienced an increase in direct threats to my life-many directly referencing or responding to the president's video." She directly accused Trump of "violent rhetoric" and "hate speech."
This is how liberals get their opponents to shut up and stop beating them. They accuse them of "violent rhetoric," complain about subsequent death threats, and sit back as the news media lap it up.
The Rolling Stone magazine said, "It should not be surprising that the smear campaign has led to death threats."
The Washington Post hopped that train with a story about Omar's "hundreds" of death threats. The BBC wrote that she saw a "rise in death threats" after the Trump video.
While Trump was in Burnsville, Minnesota, on Monday, a local reporter asked him if he had "any second thoughts" about the video with Omar and the twin towers. Trump said no. And why would he? It was a brilliant video and it contained nothing untrue. It's perfectly acceptable to raise Omar's apparent disregard for the tragedy. The Democrats' own leader in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saw something wrong with what Omar said about Sep. 11. Why should the subject be off limits for Trump?
Anyone with a public profile worth a damn has received a death threat. Ask Trump how many he's received. And do not tell me it has nothing to do with the Democrats and the media routinely calling him a bigoted, sexist, racist homophobe.
At a Trump campaign rally in June 2016, a British man was arrested after grabbing for a police officer's gun with the intent to use it to assassinate then-candidate Trump. He, like most would-be assassins in America, had a history of mental illness.
Threats against Omar are no more remarkable than threats against Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La. Oh, wait, that's a bad example – Scalise was not threatened, he was critically wounded after a Bernie Sanders supporter shot up a baseball field where Republicans were practicing for a game.
Still, death threats for public figures are, unfortunately, a fact of life. Omar does not deserve special sympathy simply because she gets them too.