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Lawmakers And The Rise of Death Threats


Added 04-16-19 12:06:02am EST - “Rep. Ilhan Omar said the number of death threats she's received has increased after President Trump tweeted a video of her.” - The1a.org

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) participates in a House Education and Labor Committee markup. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump didn’t wish any “ill will” after he tweeted a video that seems to suggest Rep. Ilhan Omar was dismissive of 9/11.

But Omar said on Sunday that she’s received an increased number of death threats that reference the video.

In addition to the shooting of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise in summer 2017, and a series of pipe bombs sent to top Democratic lawmakers in the fall of 2018, serious threats against lawmakers seem omnipresent.

A report released in August 2018 by the House Sergeant at Arms showed there had been 1,600 threats against members of the House from January through August last year. There were about 2,000 reported threats in all of 2017 and 902 in 2016.

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