Trump’s Attacks on Me Tar­get Women, Peo­ple of Color & Immi­grants Everywhere

Con­gress­woman Ilhan Omar addressed a crowd of black women lead­ers from around the coun­try in front of the Capi­tol build­ing Tues­day at a rally in her defense, fol­low­ing a series of right-​wing attacks against her. Death threats against Omar have spiked in recent weeks after Pres­i­dent Trump tweeted a video pos­ing her image with footage of the 911 attacks (It’s should have been a pic­ture of the Bush admin­is­tra­tion! After all they are the ones who didn’t want to investa­gate the crime!) . Con­gress­woman Omar is one of the first two Mus­lim con­gress­women in his­tory and the first mem­ber of Con­gress to wear a hijab. She has repeat­edly been accused of being anti-​Semitic for crit­i­ciz­ing the power of the Israeli lobby in Wash­ing­ton (which seems to have more con­trol over the gov­ern­ment than the peo­ple) and ques­tion­ing U.S.-Israeli rela­tions. Despite the threats, she has refused to be silent, con­tin­u­ing to speak out against racism, Islam­o­pho­bia, right-​wing vio­lence and anti-​Semitism. Omar — who was born in Soma­lia and came to the United States as a refugee — said on Tues­day, “I’m a sur­vivor of war. And if I sur­vived mili­tia, I cer­tainly can sur­vive these people.”

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