Trump escalates feud with Rep. Ilhan Omar

Democrats say Ms Omar was taken out of context when she referred to the attack as 'some people did something'

Democrats say Ms Omar was taken out of context when she referred to the attack as 'some people did something' Credit AFP

Omar has come under repeated attacks from Republican media pundits and lawmakers, and even some Democrats, after she made statements questioning the USA relationship with Israel, which some painted as anti-Semitic.

On April 5, a western NY man who told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents that he "loves the President, and that he hates radical Muslims in our government", was arrested for threatening to murder Omar in a phone call to her office.

Neither Trump's tweet nor the video included Omar's full quote or the context of her comments, which were about Muslims feeling that their civil liberties had eroded after the attacks.

Omar's broader speech had condemned the increase in hate and threats to Muslims' safety in the the wake of the September 11 attacks.

Omar was speaking last month to a California chapter of CAIR - the Council on American-Islamic Relations. 'We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land'. You have to say this person is looking at me unusual. You have to say that this person is looking at me odd, I am not comfortable with it, and I am going to talk to them and ask them why.

The congresswoman had made an error in her speech. The civil rights group was in fact founded in 1994 but grew significantly after 2001.

Ultimately, Omar needs to retract her statements and "call the Islamic radical terrorists who did this awful deed out for what they did", said Lotter.

Members of the GOP swiftly pounced on Omar's characterization of 9/11.

Omar came to the United States at the age of 12, as a refugee from Somalia. Her political success made her the first of two Muslim women to obtain state seats in the midst of religious and racial tensions.

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Sanders commented on "Fox News Sunday" and ABC's "This Week".

The statement even prompted the father of a New York firefighter who died on September 11, 2001, to pen an op-ed in the New York Post titled, "My FDNY son's death on 9/11 was more than just 'something'". "It has to stop", Omar wrote in a tweeted statement.

The meeting will also take place as freshman congresswomen in the Democratic Party face accusations of anti-Semitism.

"We are all Americans". It's as American, as they say, as apple pie. The closest thing they have is Bernie Sanders, I guess, but Bernie's too much of a grandpa to project villainy despite his ideological tendencies.

"I have had some problems with some of her other remarks, but not - but not with that one", he said. "Everyone else's truth is allowed, but my truth can never be".

Omar, along with fellow first-term lawmaker Rep.

There is also the assumption that Omar and every other Muslim American wasn't as affected by the trauma of 9/11 as non-Muslim Americans were.

In an email to supporters on Sunday, CODEPINK said it wanted to "echo" their call: "Don't give hate a platform". "We are not there to be invisible". He called Trump's reported attempt to make Omar a household name a "cynical way to identify all Democrats with her arguably poor choice words". "President Trump must take down his disrespectful and risky video", Pelosi added, as quoted by Haaretz.

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