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Ilhan Omar: I've experienced more 'direct threats on my life' since Trump tweet of 9/11 video



Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Said Sunday evening that she had received an influx of death threats, since President Trump has tweeted a video that combined comments from the congresswoman – which critics said were dismissive of the Sept. 11 attacks – with footage from Ground Zero.

"I have experienced a rise in direct threats to my life-many directly referring or responding to President's video," Omar tweeted in a statement. "I thank the Capitol Police, the FBI, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the Speaker of the House for their attention to these threats."

In her statement, Omar continued: "Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right -wing extremists and white nationalists are on the ride in this country and around the world. We can no longer ignore that they are encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land. "

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The President tweeted the video out last Friday. It included a snippet from a recent speech by Omar to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). She said in her defense of the organization that CAIR was founded after Sept. 11, 2001 "because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties." CAIR was formed in 1994.

The video also included news footage of the hijacked planes hitting the Twin Towers in Lower Manhattan. The video concluded with: "September 11, 2011 – we remember."

"Counties that hosted a 2016 Trump rally saw a 226 percent increase when cities host Trump rallies," Omar said, apparently citing the Washington Post research.

Omar said "this is especially about" because Trump is scheduled to visit Minnesota on Monday. The White House said the president will take part in a roundtable discussion on tax reform and the economy.

"Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country's commander in chief," freshman congresswoman also said. "

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned the video, and on Sunday announced that to ensure Omar's safety, she spoke with the congressional authorities after Trump's tweet" to ensure that the Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to protect Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff. "

" They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces, "the speaker said.

The White House press secretary Sarah Sanders vowed that the president would "continue to call out" Omar, whom Sanders charged unabashedly "continues to make anti-Semitic comments over and over again. "

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" Certainly the president is wishing no ill and, certainly, no violence towards anyone, but the president is absolutely and should call out "The bigger question is, why are not the Democrats doing the same thing?" It's absolutely abhorrent to the comments that she continues to make and has made and they look the other way. "

Fox News' David Aaro, Gregg Re and The Associated Press have contributed to this report.


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