The political landscape of the United States has shifted drastically in the first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency, where his anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic rhetoric has spread like fire amongst the people. The President recently gave a clear example of his ideologies, as he threw a foul video at Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar, shoveling a whole new set of problems for her.
Omar, who had recently witness extreme backlash, is again under a stack of challenges. On Friday, President Trump tweeted a video suggesting that the Minnesota representative was flippant about the September 11 terror attacks.
The Trump-posted video merged media footage of the 9/11 attacks with a clip from a speech given by Omar to a Muslim civil rights and advocacy group last month, where she described the terror attack as “some people did something”. The President spiced-up the content by including the words: “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”
During the 2018 midterm elections, Omar was one of the two Muslim women to be elected to the congress. In her address last month, she said that Americans following Islam 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.”
She added that the advocacy group recognized that “some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
Following Trump’s post against her, Omar tweeted that no one has the right to “threaten my unwavering love for America”.
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned the video on Saturday, saying, “The President shouldn’t use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack.”
A couple of days later, Ilhan Omar reported that she has been receiving an increased number of death threats in the days since the video was posted on the official Twitter page of Trump. “Since the President’s tweet Friday evening, I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life — many directly referencing or replying to the President’s video,” the congresswoman said in a statement on Sunday evening.
In wake of the complaint, Pelosi asked the House officials to initiate security measures required to protect the congresswoman, her staff and family. In her statement, Omar thanked the House Speaker, as well as the FBI, Capitol Police, and the House Sergeant at Arms for their attention to the threats.
Moreover, she alleged that President Trump’s video is a way of inflaming right-wing extremist violence in America; an allegation that was plainly denied by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
The chain of events has been quite perplexing to assess. However, there is no denying on how radicalism has soared under the Republican rule in the US. While the two parties are eagerly looking forward to the 2020 presidential elections, Trump has certainly played a wrong card this time. With the race becoming frantic, Americans would have to be wiser before choosing their next government.
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