Trump Calls Muslim Lawmaker Ilhan Omar ‘out of Control’ in Latest Attack

Jim Bourg/Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Democratic U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar as an “out of control” purveyor of “hate” speech on Monday before leaving for a visit to the state the Muslim-American represents in Congress.

Writing on Twitter, Trump blasted both Omar and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for defending Omar after he tweeted a video on Friday suggesting Omar had been dismissive of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

“Before Nancy, who has lost all control of Congress and is getting nothing done, decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar, she should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements Omar has made,” Trump said. “She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!”

Omar’s and Pelosi’s offices had no comment on Monday.

The Minnesota congresswoman said on Sunday evening that she had experienced “an increase in direct threats on my life – many directly referencing or replying to the president’s video.”

“Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country’s Commander in Chief. We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop,” Omar wrote in a tweeted statement.

Marc Lotter, an adviser to Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, denied Trump was inciting violence.

“I don’t think it is the president who’s putting her in danger. I think it’s her ill-thought-out words that she used to describe the greatest terror attack on the history of United States soil,” Lotter told CNN on Monday.

The video tweeted by Trump spliced news footage of 9/11 with a clip from a speech Omar gave last month in which she said “some people did something” in reference to the attacks.

Lawmakers from Trump’s Republican Party have accused Omar of minimizing the Sept. 11 attacks, while critics of the president say he took Omar’s words out of context in order to stoke anti-Muslim sentiment.

Later on Monday, Trump plans to visit a trucking company in Burnsville, Minnesota, about 15 miles (24 km) outside Minneapolis. The venue is in the state’s second congressional district, which is south of and partially adjacent to the fifth congressional district represented by Omar.

The Minnesota branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, will hold a rally in support of Omar outside the company.

Omar was speaking at a CAIR banquet in California in March when she made her controversial remarks about 9/11. Omar also said Muslims had “lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it.”

The White House said Sunday that Trump did not wish any harm in his Twitter post about Omar.

The House of Representatives approved a broad resolution condemning bigotry last month after remarks by Omar that some members of both parties viewed as anti-Semitic.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Tom Brown)

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Phyllis Softa
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I am offended by many of comments I hear and read. I live in a country with the guarantee of free speech so I share my thoughts and move on. Death threats are NOT covered in free speech. It is important to keep things in perspective as to who is… Read more »

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The title of this craptastic article is partisan in and of itself. “Muslim lawmaker”? How about “Out of control mouth”. Notice that Reuters doesn’t describe Christian, Jewish, Buddhist or atheist lawmakers as such in their headlines.

Phyllis Softa
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Why would you conclude that IJR has Reuters write the headlines on articles published on IJR site? If you view this article on Reuters, the headline is “Trump steps up his attack on Omar over 9/11 remarks” No mention of the words that so offend you ? If you perceive… Read more »

James
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James

IF as Omar says, there is no place in our society for hate speech, WHY does she keep spewing it?

Screwtape
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Because 1. Nancy has lost control of the brats and 2. anyone criticizing her will be condemned as Islamophobic (an oxymoron) or inciting violence.

Phyllis Softa
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How is Islamophobic an oxymoron ? Is oxymoron another word Trumpism has decided to redefine?

Screwtape
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Phobias are irrational fears. Consider the expression of Sharia, the oppression of women, and the lives lost recently to Islamic extremists. Consider how you would be treated in an Islamic/Sharia society.

It is NOT an irrational fear.

Phyllis Softa
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WHERE are the bills to enact Sharia law that you are basing your irrational fear? Now review the number of PASSED legislation to impose Evangelical Christian Beliefs in Indiana, N Carolina , Texas, Ohio, Arkansas, Kentucky, S Dakota on all citizens & visitors of their state. An AL judge was… Read more »

James
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“Allegations” are not proof of an act. Just as Judge Kavanaugh was “alleged” to have had relations with Christine Ford, it was proven he did not. Some other females accused Judge Kavanaugh; the “allegations” were proven to be lies. Judge Roy Moore is “alleged” to have molested teen age girls… Read more »

James
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Once again I recommend you read ANY of the great books written by David Horowitz and Robert Spencer on the Muslim’s jihadi plan, the implementation of Shar’ia Law throughout the World, the abolishing of all religions in the World except Islam and learn of the many heavily fortified (w/armed guards)… Read more »

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I see no indication that Pelosi has ever had control of the Commie-lite from NY or the Muslims. It does appear, though, the inmates are running the asylum and Pelosi is off somewhere hiding under a desk to avoid any confrontations. We can only hope the GOP will regain control… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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“I speak to them in parables; because they seeing see not, and hearing hear not, neither do they understand.” Mathew 13:13

Phyllis Softa
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How is saying that what occurred on 9/11 has resulted in the infringement of the rights of all Muslims in America hate speech? James, you know I read your posts, you frequently express anti-Muslim beliefs, i.e., they can’t be POTUS, they can’t be lawmakers, they should be banned from entering… Read more »

James
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I was speaking about Muslims; NOT their cult – Islam. IF you were to research Muslims and their cult, you would immediately learn how they are covertly planning to take over the World and those of us (“infidels”) would be required to join and participate with Shar’ia Law as OUR… Read more »

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There are cults within Christianity. There are Christian extremist. There are Jewish extremist. I always find it perplexing that Christians are repelled at the thought of Sharia Law yet many Christians are just fine with Christian Evangelicals wishing to impose their beliefs via US law. In the US we don’t… Read more »

James
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First, by definition ALL religions are cults. Secondly, I doubt you would gladly allow your husband to beat you for disobeying him per the Qur’an. I doubt you would allow yourself to be raped by your husband at his will. I doubt you would enjoy having to be accompanied by… Read more »

James
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I doubt my expressing anti-Muslim “beliefs” is in any way comparable to your obsession with and attempted belittlement of the President of the United States. IF you dislike him, his policies, his tweets, his unbuttoned suit coat,the color of his hair or his beautiful, intelligent wife, then I’d suggest you… Read more »

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If REMINDING you of what Trump says/does, POINTING out the flaws in his policies, or EXAMINING your logic makes you uncomfortable, please ask yourself WHY. I remind folks that what they wish to dismiss will NOT be dismissed by history. I remind you that future generations will not be examining… Read more »

James
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I am not uncomfortable with anything Trump says or does and I am not a registered Republican. He has reversed the near demise of the US intended by #44’s Marxist agenda and the racist nature of his Administration as a half Black. Look at the long list of accomplishments of… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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History will be kind to his “separation of families” policy? Even Trump criticized it & signed an unnecessary EO to stop it. When future generations are paying for the trillion added to the deficit with the tax cut, do you think they will be praising Trump for a “stimulus” to… Read more »

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An intelligent exchange is NOT one that someone agrees with flawed logic. II wish the insignificant details of Trump were what I oppose. THOSE would have no effect on the standards & norms of the office of POTUS. the US’s standing on the global stage, the image of America. Insignificant… Read more »

James
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Explain “flawed logic”. Is that defined to mean since I (and others here) do not agree with but a minute number of your comments that WE’RE wrong; or, is it that the Obstructionist/Socialist Party’s continual slandering of the President and his policies is okay; but, our (MY) thinking, findings and… Read more »

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Logic standards and Facts are NOT subjective, James. There is no your standard and my standard. As I have frequently stated, I am not telling you or any other IJR WHAT to think, I am asking you to THINK!

Morte206
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All valid questions to ask about Super O as well. I’m sure the Apology Tour really projected the image of a “strong country and leader” to Iran, Syria et al not to mention our allies. On the home front Treyvon’s “father” did more to stir up racial animosity than most… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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Those questions have been asked and answered. 12th BEST POTUS. On international relations, Obama’s score is 551. For comparison GW Bush’s is 36.4. If Obama having empathy for Trayvon’s parents stirred racial animosity, that is a reflection on those who were offended. Do you really believe the number of shootings… Read more »

Morte206
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Are you really saying that Super O’s tacit approval of violence aimed at police is to be judged in a positive light? That’s actually the bigger racial animosity I was addressing. As for the incessant cry of 12th best POTUS… how accurate an analysis can be given within months of… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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Just to correct you on the Melania mention. As Madison S. can attest, I encouraged her to concentrate on what Melania ACCOMPLISHES, not on what Melania WEARS. As a 67 yr old woman, I would like to know at the end of my life that America has moved past judging… Read more »

James
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As an 84 year old widower, I have not paid any attention to what the First Lady wears nor do I care since she is not MY responsibility. I do know she is extremely intelligent, speaks several languages fluently and has not shown an indication to have her hand out… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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James, I have no problem or criticism of Melania. Don’t know why you drew that conclusion. I am not a woman that tears down other women for sport. What are Michelle’s freebies that all other FLOTUS, including Melania, do not enjoy?

Morte206
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I have heard lifelong Democratic Party members, many of whom would allow themselves to be used as RBGs “personal life support machine” if need be, say that Rep. Omar is a disgrace. So Ms Cromwell nice try at painting this moron’s words and actions as offending only conservatives and republicans… Read more »

Screwtape
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Reuters, and particularly this writer, are partisan actors, not journalists.

Phyllis Softa
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If it’s partisan, why did she include the denials of spokesmen from both the Trump campaign and WH?

Phyllis Softa
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The article clearly states Trump campaign’s response to CNN which is denying Trump is putting Omar in danger. Lotter attributed the threats of violence against Omar as a result of “her ill-thought words describing the [9/11 attacks]. The article also states the White House denials of Trump intending to incite… Read more »

James
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It’s common knowledge the World is full of unhinged people. Here in the US, they’re called Democrats, e.g., those who commit the majority of the massacres. Omar’s anti-American, anti-Semitic slurs are creating the danger she says she’s in; NOT anything Trump has said. Solution would be for her to simply… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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I thought the most disturbing point in your logic was your refusal to accept that the right wing extremist, the White Supremacist, the anti-abortion bombers & shooters are a danger that needs to be addressed. BUT then you suggested a US citizen should leave because you do not AGREE with… Read more »

James
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James

If my logic disturbs you, you’d certainly be free to skip over and ignore anything I comment on. I do see you’ve pulled out the “White Supremacist” card; much like the Blacks do with their “racist” card and the Muslims do with their “Islamophobia” card. Discussions cannot be continued when… Read more »

James
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I’m sure you are aware the Muslims in the Minnesotan Somali community have not attempted to assimilate into the American community in which they live. Even Omar states they feel like outsiders; but criticize the Americans for their rejection. IF that’s how they feel, perhaps they should go back to… Read more »

James
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James

It’s blame everyone else for my misery. Poor me. Pity me.

Blue
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Omar Must GO!!! She is Full of nothing but HATE!!

Phyllis Softa
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Phyllis Softa

You wish to overturn the voters of Omar’s district? In a democracy, that would be their decision to make not the residents of those who do not live in the district. As I suggested previously, if you live in her district, start your campaign to run against her in 2020.… Read more »

Morte206
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Gee Phyllis when the last two years have been spent by Dems attempting to overturn the presidential election what’s your take on that?

Screwtape
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You do realize that there are no mirrors in Phil’s abode.

I sometimes speculate that the Left’s need for affirmation via social-media is exactly because they lack self-awareness.

Phyllis Softa
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Phyllis Softa

Are you saying that an investigation of Russian interference is an attempt by Dems to overturn the election? The Congressional investigations were begun under Republican Chairmen, namely Reps Nunes & Gowdy, and Senator Barr. Were THEY intending to overturn the election? The special counsel was appointed by a Trump appointee.… Read more »

James
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James

You are aware Hillary and the DNC were completely responsible for paying for the phony Steele dossier in hopes of preventing Trump from becoming president? And that the Mueller team of 19 lawyers were looking for any speck of something to indict Trump? It’s been all over the REAL news… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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Phyllis Softa

I am infrequently surprised when I see a few of IJR posters recite the FOX talking points. YOUR assertion did surprise me. I am not supportive of ANY candidate, R-D-or I, meeting with AMERICA’s adversaries for election support. If Clinton campaign had met with the Chinese, Iranians, Russians, or Saudis,… Read more »

Morte206
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Collusion, which is not a crime, ostensibly this investigation wasn’t even investigating a crime rather it was searching for one. “Impeachment” and later “Obstruction” became Dem / Lib mantras at near pathological levels and when the longed for result did not materialize as hoped for they seem incapable of moving… Read more »

Morte206
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Morte206

I agree totally with you that the matter of Russian “interference” in our election process needed investigating but are you really trying to sell the belief that this is the first election cycle they’ve done this in. It may have just been the most obvious. Are you this outraged when… Read more »

James
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James

Maybe she doesn’t remember #44’s attempt to prevent Israeli PM Netanyahu’s election; or the $150 Billion he sent on pallets to his brothers in the Muslim Brotherhood to unseat democratically elected President Mubarak in Egypt. Two examples of #44’s covert actions to sway elections.

James
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James

They’re now looking into Trump’s taxes which are none of their business. They’re probably looking for a missed period, a comma or dollar sign so they can commence with impeachment proceedings. Some of the Lefty’s have been screaming “impeach 45” since before he was sworn into Office. Sorry bunch of… Read more »

James
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James

What assistance and/or foreign adversaries did your investigating team find? Reported so far, Mueller found NO indication of collusion with any foreigners (except his own wife).

Phyllis Softa
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Phyllis Softa

Unfortunately MANY people in America are “Full of nothing but HATE” We have freedom of speech, not freedom from being offended. We do NOT have freedom to make death threats. It is important to keep perspective as to who is breaking the law.

James
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James

Agreed. We have seen nothing but hate coming out of the House of Reps since the 11/18 election when the Democratic Party died and full blown Socialism reared its’ ugly head. To date (4/19), the Socialists have done NOTHING for those who elected them EXCEPT spew their hatred for our… Read more »

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