President Donald Trump took an unrepentant stance on his tweet directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Muslim Democratic representative to Minnesota, when asked about it during a visit to her home state.
“Look, she’s been very disrespectful to this country. She’s been very disrespectful, frankly, to Israel. She is somebody that doesn’t really understand life. Real life,” Trump told the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis where he stayed for only a few hours for meetings.
The president doubled down on his comments about Omar, questioning her loyalty to this country.
“It’s unfortunate,” the president said. “She’s got a way about her that’s very, very bad, I think, for our country. I think she’s extremely unpatriotic and extremely disrespectful to our country.”
Omar released a statement on Sunday, in which she referenced a tweet that the president sent out that quoted the representative’s comments about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“WE WILL NEVER FORGET!” Trump tweeted, along with a video.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
In a statement that she released on Sunday night, Omar castigated both the president and his supporters, accusing them of direct violence and support of hatred and bigotry.
“Since the President’s tweet Friday evening, I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life-many directly referencing or replying to the president’s video,” Omar’s statement read. “I thank the Capitol Police, the FBI, the House Sergeant at Arms and the Speaker of the House for their attention to these threats.
“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,” Omar wrote.
“We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land. Counties that hosted a 2016 Trump rally saw a 226 percent increase in hate crimes in the months following the rally. And assaults increase when cities host Trump rallies. This is particularly concerning given the president’s visit to my home state of Minnesota on Monday.”
While Omar didn’t provide any evidence of her claims, it didn’t keep her from building on her earlier statement and pointing the finger directly at the president for what she believes to be a systemic problem.
“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.”
We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop. pic.twitter.com/gwB2kDUIRp
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) April 15, 2019