Omar reports increase in death threats since Trump tweet

Ilhan Omar
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Rep. Ilhan Omar
From the AP: “Rep. Ilhan Omar says she’s faced increased death threats since President Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. ‘This is endangering lives,’ the Minnesota Democrat said in a statement Sunday night, accusing Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism. ‘It has to stop.’ Her statement followed an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she has taken steps to ensure the safety of Omar, and the speaker’s call for Trump to take down the video. … Pelosi was among Democrats who had criticized Trump over the tweet, with some accusing him of trying to incite violence against the Muslim lawmaker.”

At Politico, John Bresnahan and Heather Caygle say, “Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that the U.S. Capitol Police and the House sergeant-at-arms ‘are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman [Ilhan] Omar, her family and her staff’ after a tweet by President Donald Trump. … Pelosi’s announcement highlighted what has become an extraordinary situation — the speaker of the House is worried about the safety of one of her members after a statement by the president of the United States. An Omar aide said on Sunday that ‘there has been an increase in threats’ against the Minnesota Democrat after Trump’s tweet.”

Says Patrick Condon in the Star Tribune, “President Donald Trump is bullish about his re-election chances in Minnesota despite the state’s long history of backing Democrats for president. With a visit to a Burnsville trucking company on Monday to talk taxes, Trump also lays down a marker for 2020 in a state whose 10 electoral votes he’s long seen as winnable. Winning Minnesota is ‘going to be really, really easy, I think,’ the Republican said at a Duluth rally last year, after reminding supporters how close he came in 2016.”

The Pioneer Press’ Kristi Belcamino writes: “People upset over the attack on a 5-year-old boy at the Mall of America last week have offered support for his family to the tune of over a half-million dollars raised since Saturday. Authorities said Saturday afternoon that the boy who was thrown from a Mall of America third-floor balcony Friday is fighting for his life. A GoFundMe page has been set up by Noah Hanneman, who says he is a friend of the family. … As of Sunday evening, the fund was over $502,000. More than 14,000 people had pledged.”

Says Tim Harlow for the Star Tribune, “After 90 years, things start to wear out. That’s the case with the 10th Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River parallel to Interstate 35W in downtown Minneapolis. This year and next, the 2,174-foot-long bridge will be refurbished and updated to include a two-way protected bikeway and sidewalks on both sides, said Don Elwood, director of transportation engineering and design for the city of Minneapolis.”

Also from the AP,TCF Bank made more than $620,000 in card fees from University of Minnesota students on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses last school year, according to a consumer advocacy group’s report. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group released a study last week that found 44 percent of the university’s students have TCF bank accounts, Minnesota Daily reported. University of Minnesota students pay an average of $22 annually in the bank’s fees, including charges for inactive accounts, said Kaitlyn Vitez, the group’s higher education campaign director.”

From the AP: “A Wisconsin middle school gym teacher has been placed on indefinite leave while district officials look into claims that she separated students in one class by race and assigned the black children to research games that enslaved children played. The Shorewood Intermediate School teacher was instructing seventh-graders about games from around the world on April 1 when she allegedly gave the assignment to the black students, Shorewood School District Superintendent Bryan Davis said in a Thursday letter to parents.”

For The Verge, Nilay Patel reports, “[Last] week, The Verge published a lengthy investigation into the many ‘innovation centers’ Foxconn has announced in Wisconsin as part of its deal with President Trump to build a (status unknown) LCD manufacturing plant in the state. After spending 10 days on the ground, we simply reported the obvious: most of the ‘innovation centers’ are empty, some of the buildings were never actually purchased, and no one in Wisconsin really seems to know what’s going on. [Friday], Foxconn responded to that piece by… announcing another innovation center in Wisconsin, this one in Madison, the state’s capital. The building, which currently houses a bank, actually sits directly across the street from the Capitol building, and it will continue to house the bank because Foxconn did not announce when it would be moving in. Here are some other things Foxconn did not announce: how much it had paid for the building, how many floors of the building it would occupy, how many people would work there, or what those people would be doing.”

Comments (37)

  1. Submitted by Mike Riess on 04/15/2019 - 07:30 am.

    Seems to me you (MINNPOST), the AP, and Politico are blaming President Trump for a situation Rep. Omar put herself in by downplaying the worst terrorist attack Ever on American soil that murdered 2,977 people down to “some people did something”. I see you don’t even reference that quote in your “Glean”.

    • Submitted by cory johnson on 04/15/2019 - 07:51 am.

      Didn’t you get the memo? All criticism of Omar’s many ridiculous, insulting statements are just Islamophobic attacks. That’s the new strategy.

      • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 04/18/2019 - 07:13 pm.

        You know hypocracy is when you judge folks different for similar offense. So you are OK with the present inhabitant’s remarks about Jews having 2 masters, “your prime minister”, your good with that right? Would that qualify as one of “many ridiculous, insulting statements” from a guy educated Ivy league, vs a refugee immigrant, English 2nd language etc. etc.?

    • Submitted by Curtis Senker on 04/15/2019 - 08:46 am.

      The 9/11 attack killed almost 1000 more people than Pearl Harbor. One wonders how Omar might frame that trifling event.

      • Submitted by Larry Moran on 04/15/2019 - 01:58 pm.

        Please read the entire quote. It acknowledges the attack in the context of the effect it is having on all members of the Islam faith in the US. It doesn’t deny the attack or who the attackers were.

        • Submitted by Curtis Senker on 04/16/2019 - 08:43 am.

          I listened to the words coming out of her mouth. There is nothing her apologists can say to gaslight the facts. If anything, the full context makes her look worse. She was clearly minimalizing the worst act of terrorism the US has ever suffered. She didn’t even have her facts straight at that CAIR was founded in 1994, had nothing to do with the acts of Osama Bin Laden and his Muslim terrorists.

          • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 04/19/2019 - 03:16 pm.

            So your point is that the present inhabitant never gets his facts wrong and if he did we could rely on you to set us all straight! Fair statement? Not like you are judging, Muslim, refugee, AA, female congresswomen different?

      • Submitted by Matt Haas on 04/18/2019 - 05:38 pm.

        Both of which were dwarfed by the noncombatant death toll in conservative’s pointless middle eastern adventure in Iraq. What of it?

  2. Submitted by cory johnson on 04/15/2019 - 07:59 am.

    The “out of context” strategy didn’t work so now the “criticism of Omar is violence” strategy is in full effect. I watched her speech. No one took her words out of context. She was much more concerned about Islamophobia than she was about the people who had something done to them on 9/11. I’d also like some proof of the increased threats.

  3. Submitted by Curtis Senker on 04/15/2019 - 08:42 am.

    “Purports” to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks? Did the author watch the video?

    What Omar did was no surprise; she doesn’t know any better; but the media does. Gaslighting the issue is actually worse than the actual offence, in my opinion.

  4. Submitted by charles thompson on 04/15/2019 - 08:51 am.

    Pelosi and Omar vs Mr. Credibility. You could get some longs odds in Vegas on that one.

  5. Submitted by cory johnson on 04/15/2019 - 09:28 am.

    She can’t even get the founding of CAIR right.

  6. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 04/15/2019 - 10:21 am.

    The comments here are taking a tone usually found over at the Pioneer Press’s lightly moderated site. We see plenty of criticism of Rep. Omar (who, as we know has the temerity to be not only a Democrat and a woman, but Somali American and Muslim). We don’t see any criticism of death threats levied against her; in fact, we see skepticism that these threats are real.

    Rep. Omar may be to blame for failing to recognize the depths to which America has sunk in the Age of Trump. Death threats are to be regarded as mere “criticism” or “commentary,” unless levied against a supporter of the current regime. Progressive women, especially if they are on-white, are subject to a special level of scrutiny that white male counterparts have been able to avoid (is Fox News examining every word Dean Phillips says with the same loving attention to detail?). Inflammatory speech is okay, as long as the inflammation is against the people it is appropriate to hate. OF course, no pushback is allowed. I’m waiting for the pearl-clutching when the news hits that Yemeni bodega owners across the five boroughs are not selling the New York Post, as a reaction to their highly inflammatory cover picture (“What about Freedom of Speech?” they will have been told to say).

    Interesting how many of the people making these remarks regard talk of American fascism as overblown leftist hysteria.

    • Submitted by cory johnson on 04/15/2019 - 11:00 am.

      None of us has said she doesn’t have a right to say anything. In fact, I believe the more she talks the better Republicans will do in 2020. Really surprised that you think any criticism of her could only be due to having an issue with her ethnicity, gender etc rather than the content of her speech. I guess that is easier than defending what she said. And as far as I know Dean hasn’t said a word since November of 2018. If he has said anything even remotely as insane as ams Omar I’d be happy to comment.

      • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 04/15/2019 - 04:28 pm.

        “Really surprised that you think any criticism of her could only be due to having an issue with her ethnicity, gender etc rather than the content of her speech.”

        Honestly? You really think that any other freshman member of the House would be subject to this level of scrutiny? Good Lord.

        More to the point, I am not really surprised that you think her ethnicity, gender, and (most of all) her religion would not enter into the “criticism” of her. To frame it a different way: How much time has Fox News or the Republican Party spent condemning Pat Robertson for his 9/11 comments?

        • Submitted by Curtis Senker on 04/16/2019 - 10:43 am.

          You really think that any other freshman member of the House would be subject to this level of scrutiny?

          Dunno about that incredulity, friend. Seems I’ve been reading a lot about the wacky stuff Occasio-Cortez and Rashida Thlaib have been saying.

          Squeaky wheels get the greasing.

  7. Submitted by richard owens on 04/15/2019 - 10:30 am.

    Smearing Omar (and anyone else speaking truth to power,) is simply Republicans campaigning.

    It is what they do.

    The bullying is just the current POTUS style.

    • Submitted by Curtis Senker on 04/16/2019 - 01:29 pm.

      Smearing Omar (and anyone else speaking truth to power,)

      You do realize that as a US Representative, Omar is a component of “the power”, right?

  8. Submitted by Pat Brady on 04/15/2019 - 10:40 am.

    ” an extraordinary situation — the speaker of the House is worried about the safety of one of her members after a statement by the president of the United States.”
    Let that sentence sink in…
    And he will add more fuel to his incendiary words during his rant this afternoon in MN.
    He lives for hate mongering. But we in MN do not.

  9. Submitted by chuck holtman on 04/15/2019 - 10:50 am.

    Ms. Omar has more humanity in one toe than do the leader, the leader’s family, and the leader’s associates all together. The leader has pledged his obeisance to the kingdom that provided the principal material support for the 9/11 attacks and continues to be the principal source of material support for radical Islam. The leader and the kingdom are scheming together to establish a source of nuclear material for the kingdom’s disposal. Those who spring into action to rationalize the leader’s encouragement of violence toward Ms. Omar should think about these things.

  10. Submitted by Pat Terry on 04/15/2019 - 11:28 am.

    Can we get Omar a handler? Someone to preview what comes out of her mouth? Yes, of course, she was taken out of context and her comments are being exploited for political gain. But if you say stupid things, that’s what happens. The problem isn’t talking about Israel and 9/11. Its that she can’t seem to talk about them without putting her foot in her mouth.

    Ilhan Omar is an absolute gift to Donald Trump. Every day that Pelosi and the Democrats are cleaning up her mess is a good day for Trump.

  11. Submitted by Mike Chrun on 04/15/2019 - 12:07 pm.

    Good grief, you would think that the usual ardent FOX viewers would temper their indignation after a while. Hillary is not on stage; Nancy is getting old; and, after a while, even using “Pocahontas” doesn’t seem that hilarious. So they are given the “gift” of a freshman female Muslim representative from Minnesota who is outspoken and they pounce.

    What’s really head-shaking is the doubt that these attacks on Omar have anything to do with Islamophobia or that they might actually cause some harm to anyone.

    How could any true American disparage the sacrifices our fellow countrymen have made, let alone some Muslim? Some statistics: 591 American POW’s released in Vietnam and who knows how many more died in captivity? 7,190 confirmed POW’s during the Korean War. An estimated 27,000 Americans were Japanese captives during WWII with a fatality rate of over 1/3. 93,941 Americans were German POW’s during that war.

    Cadet Bone Spurs sounding off on John McCain. “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” As a veteran that upsets me a hundred times more than anything Ms. Omar has said. You simply cannot over-estimate the crassness and hypocrisy of the man and his followers.

  12. Submitted by Tom Clark on 04/15/2019 - 12:41 pm.

    I think what Omar was referring to happened before 9/11. For example, there was an increase in the harassment of Muslims in the U.S. after the bombing of the Murrah building in Oklahoma City.

    • Submitted by Curtis Senker on 04/16/2019 - 09:09 am.

      I think what Omar was referring to happened before 9/11. For example, there was an increase in the harassment of Muslims in the U.S. after

      What? No there wasn’t. McVeigh and Nichols were identified and arrested within days; no Muslims were ever implicated. Where do you people come up with this stuff?

  13. Submitted by Brian Gandt on 04/19/2019 - 09:50 am.

    It just occurred to me that I’ve taken the distraction bait. The article has to do with death threats on a member of Congress, and I’ve been suckered into bickering about the parsing of words.

    My apologies. Now, what about those death threats?

  14. Submitted by Brian Gandt on 04/22/2019 - 07:06 pm.

    Actually, more importantly, while I’ll agree that the press can influence the reaction to an event, where is the personal responsibility on the part of those that took action after the rush to judgement? Sure, you may think one thing due to a news report, but to undertake some degree of intimidation or violence as result does not strike me as responsible.

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