Sep 18, 2019

Ilhan Omar: Trump's tweet "puts my life at risk"

Rep. Ilhan Omar. Photo: Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said Wednesday that President Trump's retweet of a video falsely claiming she celebrated the anniversary of 9/11 "puts [her] life at risk."

Why it matters: The video shows Omar dancing at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference on Sept. 13, per the Washington Post. Conservative actor and comedian Terrence Williams originally posted the tweet on Monday. It has since been deleted and Twitter is "looking into the matter," according to the Post.

The big picture: Trump has previously denounced Omar for her comments on the 9/11 attacks. In April, he tweeted an altered video that depicted Omar belittling the event.

  • In his Wednesday tweet, Trump called Omar "a member of AOC Plus 3," a group of liberal congresswomen of color, also known as the "squad." He's previously attacked the group, saying they should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

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Trump targets Somali communities and Rep. Ilhan Omar in Minneapolis

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President Trump relaunched his attacks against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who came to the U.S. as a Somali refugee, and targeted the Somali community in Minnesota, reports the Washington Post.

Why it matters: Minnesota is home to the largest concentration of Somalis in the U.S. Trump told the cheering crowd at a Thursday night campaign rally that he plans to "give local communities a greater say in refugee policy and put in place enhanced vetting and responsible immigration controls," per the Post.

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NYT: Fake video of Trump shooting media and rivals shown at his resort

President Trump speaks to journalists in the White House on Oct. 2. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

A video depicting President Donald Trump stabbing and shooting journalists, political opponents and Black Lives Matter movement figures was played at an event for his supporters at his Miami resort last week, the New York Times reported Sunday. Trump was not present, it said.

Why it matters: Event organizers American Priority confirmed to the Times that the video was shown at the conference at the Trump National Doral, which demonstrates how "Trump’s anti-media language has influenced his supporters and bled into their own propaganda."

Go deeperArrowOct 14, 2019

White House says Trump condemns fake video attacking media

Trump holds a press conference at Trump National Doral. Photo: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted on Monday that President Trump has not yet seen the violent fake video played at an event for his supporters, but that he "strongly condemns" it. Trump himself has not tweeted about the video or issued a statement.

Background: The video, first reported by the New York Times, is an edited clip from the film "Kingsman: The Secret Service," that shows Trump stabbing and shooting media outlets and political opponents in the "Church of Fake News." The group that put on the event, American Priority, confirmed to the Times that the video was shown at a conference at the Trump National Doral resort in Miami.

Go deeperArrowOct 14, 2019