US representative Omar experiences increase in death threats

US representative Omar experiences increase in death threats

Agency News

Washington, Apr 15 : US Representative Ilhan Omar said, since President Donald Trump tweeted about a speech she gave last month, she has experienced an increase in death threats.

She alleged that President Trump is encouraging right-wing extremist violence, CNN reported.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders denied earlier on Sunday the President was trying to incite violence.

"Since the President's Friday tweet, I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life — many directly referencing or replying to the President's video. I thank the Capitol Police, the FBI, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the Speaker of the House for their attention to these threats," Omar said in a statement on Sunday evening.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives on Sunday said she had spoken with the House Sergeant at Arms about Omar's safety and that she wanted to make sure a security assessment was being conducted.

In the Friday tweet, Trump wrote, "We will never forget!" and included video of a speech Omar gave last month in which she said, "For far too long we have 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. CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognised that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to civil liberties."

"Certainly the President is wishing no ill will and certainly not violence towards anyone, but the President is absolutely and should be calling out the congresswoman for her not only one time but history of anti-Semitic comments," Sanders said.

Omar noted Trump would be visiting her home state on Monday for a rally.

"Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country's Commander in Chief. We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop," said Omar.  (UNI)