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Ilhan Omar’s the Latest Muslim to Endure Trump’s Violent Words, and Hear From the People Inspired by Them

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As a legion of Democratic leaders thankfully denounced Donald Trump’s use of a video intercutting imagery of the 9/11 attack with a speech of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN, Senator Liz Warren put it perfectly with her tweet Saturday that Trump was, “inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion.”  

Predictably, “since the President’s tweet Friday, I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life—many directly referencing or replying to the President’s video,” Omar confirmed Sunday night. That didn’t stop Trump from encouraging more threats Monday, with a disgusting tweet accusing a lawmaker and a black Muslim woman of making “ungrateful U.S. HATE statements.”

It’s not speculation to say that Trump wants violence. He literally called for it during his 2016 campaign, when he told really supporters, “If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you?” He doubled down then, too, when  asked about the violence his supporters gave him: “The audience hit back. That’s what we need a little bit more of.” As president, he praised the Republican Congressman who’d body slamming a reporter during his campaign: “he’s my guy.”

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