Ever since President Trump posted an edited video of Rep. Ilhan Omar on Friday, the congresswoman said she’s been receiving an increase in death threats. The video showed comments Omar made about 9/11, spliced together with footage from the day’s attacks.
The comment in the video came from a speech Omar gave to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in March, where she spoke about the realities for Muslim Americans post-9/11. In the speech, she said, “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” However Trump cut out the full quote and only showed the part where she said “some people did something,” a phrase that has led to a number of conservatives claiming Omar was downplaying the attacks.
On late Sunday night, Omar tweeted a statement in regards to Trump’s tweet, writing, “We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop.” In her full message, Omar said that since Trump’s tweet on Friday, she has “experienced an increase in direct threats on my life—many directly referencing or replying to the President’s video.”
She wrote, “Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on the rise in this country and around the world. We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land.”
After the video went up, a number of Omar’s fellow politicians tweeted out their support for the congresswoman and the hashtag #IStandWithIlhanOmar made its way around Twitter.
Afterwards, Omar tweeted out a “thank you” to all those who were publicly supporting her. She wrote, “No one person–no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious–can threaten my unwavering love for America. I stand undeterred to continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans.”