Protesters feel Trump 'put target' on Rep. Omar in ongoing feud
BURNSVILLE, Minn. (FOX 9) - Supporters of freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar came out to Burnsville, Minnesota Monday to protest President Trump's visit.
The two have been attacking each other on social media recently after comments Omar made at an event last month. Now, Rep. Omar said she’s been getting death threats after the president shared an edited video on his Twitter page using graphic footage of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Sitting just a few miles away from Rep. Omar’s 5th Congressional District, President Trump never mentioned the congresswoman by name during his economic forum. But, fellow Republicans say the president didn't need to say her name during his event.
“I don’t think it matters if he mentions Congresswoman Omar or not,” said Jennifer Carnahan, Chairwoman of the MN GOP. “She’s self-imploding on her own so we don’t need anyone else to be talking about her. I think Minnesotans can see what she’s about and the damage she’s doing to herself.”
As President Trump spoke with business managers, Rep. Omar’s supporters protested his recent comments. Over the weekend, the president shared an edited video of Omar's speech along with news footage of the hijacked planes hitting the World Trade Center. Trump said that national security is at issue and that Omar is "ungrateful," while Omar says the president is stirring up extremism.
“Mr. President, you have done something that has never been done before—you put a target on the back of a sitting congresswoman and we say to you, ‘shame,’” said Jaylani Hussein with CAIR-MN.
Hamline University political science professor David Schultz said the more the president attacks Omar, the more popular she becomes. He also said the president has nothing to lose by going after her.
“I think they are locked together in terms of a relationship of how they are feeding off of one another with negative attacks,” Schultz said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken steps to ensure the safety of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and demanded the president take down the video. Meanwhile, Trump tweeted that Pelosi has "lost all control of Congress" and is getting nothing done.
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