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Trump doubles down, claims Ilhan Omar is ‘bad' for the country


Added 04-16-19 09:59:02am EST - “The president's recent attacks on the Minnesota congresswoman have prompted a rise in violent threats against her life.” - Thinkprogress.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thinkprogress.org: “Trump doubles down, claims Ilhan Omar is ‘bad’ for the country”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Donald Trump made clear Monday that he was unconcerned about whether his recent actions and rhetoric against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) were dangerous and posed a threat to her wellbeing.

Speaking to a local news reporter in Omar’s home state of Minnesota, Trump shrugged off the congresswoman’s statement Sunday, in which she said that a video the president had posted to Twitter last week had caused an uptick in violent threats against her life.

Trump had tweeted an Islamophobic video that took Omar’s comments, made during a recent speech at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, out of context to make it sound as though she was indifferent to the 9/11 attacks. The video was interspersed with graphic footage of the planes hitting the World Trade Center. “We will never forget!” he tweeted alongside the video.

Tom Hauser of KSTP-TV asked Trump Monday if he had any second thoughts about the tweet given the death threats Omar received as a result.

“Look, she’s been very disrespectful to this country,” Trump said. “She’s been very disrespectful, frankly, to Israel. She is somebody that doesn’t really understand, I think, life — real life, what it’s all about.”

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