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  1. Update says:

    “GOP’s anti-Muslim display likening Rep. Omar to a terrorist rocks W. Virginia capitol” https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/gop-s-anti-muslim-display-likening-rep-omar-terrorist-rocks-n978371 An Islamophobic poster displayed at the West Virginia statehouse this week sparked pandemonium on Friday that ended with the resignation of one state official, the injury of a staff member, and condemnation from Omar herself. The poster featured an image of the twin towers in flames with the caption, “‘Never Forget’ — you said..” above a second image of Omar with the caption, “I am the proof — you have forgotten.” The display was set up as part of “WV GOP Day,” which the party advertised on Facebook as a day when “Republicans Take the Rotunda.”

  2. Update says:

    Rep. Ilhan Omar. receives hundreds of death threats after Trump tweet : cybersecurity expert wants Twitter to stop them. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/04/16/he-easily-found-hundreds-death-threats-against-rep-ilhan-omar-he-wants-twitter-stop-them/?utm_term=.1db795e41f82
    “Please help report this collection of threats to Ilhan Omar’s safety. It is a felony under 18 U.S.C. § 871-875 to threaten US government officials. Any tweets which illegally call for violence, murder, or lynching of Ilhan Omar should be reported.” https://twitter.com/i/moments/1117202995962212352

  3. Mike says:

    “Rep. Ilhan Omar Receives Hero’s Welcome Home Amid Trump Attacks” (NPR July 19, 2019) https://www.npr.org/2019/07/19/743326091/rep-ilhan-omar-receives-heros-welcome-home-amid-trump-attacks

    “President Trump says he disavows the “send her back” chants his supporters made at a rally on Wednesday, referring to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar. But the tape shows he wasn’t concerned at the time.” https://www.npr.org/2019/07/18/743212012/trump-backs-away-from-chants-of-send-her-back-that-broke-out-at-n-c-campaign-ral

    • FAKE NEWS™️ says:

      Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 5:16 AM – 19 Jul 2019: “It is amazing how the Fake News Media became “crazed” over the chant “send her back” by a packed Arena (a record) crowd in the Great State of North Carolina, but is totally calm & accepting of the most vile and disgusting statements made by the three Radical Left Congresswomen…” [5:16 AM – 19 Jul 2019] “….Mainstream Media, which has lost all credibility, has either officially or unofficially become a part of the Radical Left Democrat Party. It is a sick partnership, so pathetic to watch! They even covered a tiny staged crowd as they greeted Foul Mouthed Omar in Minnesota, a…” [5:16 AM – 19 Jul 2019] “….State which I will win in #2020 because they can’t stand her and her hatred of our Country, and they appreciate all that I have done for them (opening up mining and MUCH more) which has led to the best employment & economic year in Minnesota’s long and beautiful history!”

      On June 15, 1920, three African-American circus workers, Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie, suspects in an assault case, were taken from jail and lynched by a white mob of thousands in Duluth, Minnesota. Rumors had circulated that six African Americans had raped and robbed a nineteen-year-old woman. A physician’s examination of her subsequently found no physical evidence of rape. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1920_Duluth_lynchings

      Souvenir Postcard of the lynching https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C65J0V2XAAElsQ6.jpg In 1965 Duluth born Bob Dylan, whose father was five years old and living two blocks from the lynching in 1920, opened his song Desolation Row with a reference to the postcard and lynching:

      “They’re selling postcards of the hanging
      They’re painting the passports brown
      The beauty parlor is filled with sailors
      The circus is in town”

  4. Crapola says:

    “resident Donald Trump continued to defend himself and his supporters after racist chants broke out at his North Carolina campaign rally earlier this week, releasing a torrent of tweets and retweets Saturday morning that attempted to justify his inaction when those in attendance began to yell “send her back” in reference to Somali-born Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
    In his latest attempt to defend himself, however, Trump once again elevated the voice of Katie Hopkins, a far-right British commentator who has likened immigrants to rodents and cockroaches, encouraged law enforcement to racially profile the public and once tweeted a racist slur at a black man.
    “As you can see, I did nothing to lead people on, nor was I particularly happy with their chant — just a very big and patriotic crowd. They love the USA!,” Trump wrote, adding his commentary to a post from Hopkins with his 62 million twitter followers. https://www.newsweek.com/trump-defends-send-her-back-chanters-retweet-katie-hopkins-far-right-commentator-who-called-1450323

    “…Hopkins shot to fame as a contestant on “The Apprentice” in 2007, later billing herself as “Britain’s most controversial columnist” and appearing on the US TV network Fox News, during which time then-presidential candidate Donald Trump called her a “respected columnist” for her writing on “the UK’s Muslim problems”. (Guardian UK Sept 2018) https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/sep/16/katie-hopkins-applies-for-insolvency-to-avoid-bankruptcy-after-jack-monroe-twitter-costly-libel-case

  5. Mike says:

    Israel has decided to bar United States congresswomen Congress Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country, in a move that came shortly after US President Donald Trump said it would “show great weakness” to allow them in. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/trump-warns-israel-visit-ilhan-omar-rashida-tlaib-190815141055456.html
    Tlaib and Omar have voiced support for the BDS movement, which seeks to use non-violent means to pressure Israel to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories, dismantle the separation wall, ensure equality for its Palestinian citizens and implement the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their lands.
    Earlier on Thursday, Trump had said in a tweet: “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep Omar and Rep Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel and all Jewish people, and there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds.”
    The US president last month had again targeted Omar, Tlaib and two other Democratic congresswomen of colour with racist attacks, saying the four politicians should “go back” to where they came from.
    Tlaib, 43, who was born in the United States, draws her roots to the Palestinian village of Beit Ur al-Fauqa in the occupied West Bank. Her grandmother and extended family live in the village.
    Omar, 37, who immigrated to the US from Somalia as a child, represents Minnesota’s fifth congressional district.
    The politicians, the first two Muslim women elected to Congress and members of the Democratic party’s progressive wing, have repeatedly said their criticisms of Israel’s government are based on policy differences.

    • Footnote says:

      Congressional Research Service: “U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel.” Updated August 7, 2019. https://fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RL33222.pdf
      “Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. To date, the United States has provided Israel $142.3 billion (current, or noninflation-adjusted, dollars) in bilateral assistance and missile defense funding.Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance, although from 1971 to 2007Israel also received significant economic assistance.”
      Re: Israeli-occupied territories see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli-occupied_territories

  6. Update says:

    “Rep. Ilhan Omar wins contentious Democratic primary election in Minnesota” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/08/11/rep-ilhan-omar-wins-contentious-primary-election-minnesota/3347623001/
    “Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District is strongly Democratic, and Omar will likely go on to victory in November.
    Omar was born in Somalia and came with her family to America as a refugee in the early 1990s. She and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., were the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress.
    Omar and Tlaib, along with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., came to be known collectively as “the Squad” – first-term congresswomen, all women of color, who established themselves as perhaps the four most progressive members in the House.”
    See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilhan_Omar

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