Top Democrats Fear Violence Against Omar After Incendiary Trump Rally

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 06: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) participates in a House Education and Labor Committee Markup on the H.R. 582 Raise The Wage Act, in the Rayburn House Office Building on March 6, 2019 in Washington... WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 06: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) participates in a House Education and Labor Committee Markup on the H.R. 582 Raise The Wage Act, in the Rayburn House Office Building on March 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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A number of Democratic leaders in the House are worried about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) safety after President Donald Trump’s rant about her at a rally led racist chants of “send her back” from the crowd.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Thursday that she’d spoken to the House sergeant-at-arms about Omar’s even before the rally, possibly referring to her announcement in April after Trump tweeted 9/11 footage to attack Omar.

House Assistant Democratic Leader Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), the fourth ranking Democrat, told Politico that Trump was “instilling fear.”

“It’s going to instill violence,” he said.

“We need to make sure that every single member of the House Democratic caucus, particularly those who have been viciously targeted by Donald Trump, including at the rally last night, are safe and have the protection that they need,” Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said.

Omar said that she believes Trump is “fascist.”

“I want to remind people that this is what this President and his supporters have done to our country that is supposed to be a country where we allow democratic debate and dissent to take place,” she said.

Read Politico’s interviews with other Democratic lawmakers here.

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  1. They should be fearful.

  2. Avatar for pshah pshah says:

    If this isn’t incitement from the President of the United States, I don’t know the meaning of the word. He should be held civilly and criminally responsible should anything happen to Rep. Omar or any of the other members of the “squad”.

    And history tells us it’ll only get worse as the election draws closer and Trump sees indictment and prison time in his near future.

    “Deplorable”, as it turns out, was too gentle, too kind, of a word to describe Trump’s supporters. They are a pure distillate of unadulterated evil.

    The most maddening thing is if something does happen, Republicans will not take a long look at themselves or back off from their monstrous behavior. Hell, they’d probably barely have the energy or desire to prosecute the “very fine people” involved.

  3. I’m sure if something did happen, Trump would go out of his way to not blame the attacker.

  4. Avatar for dont dont says:

    Like Omar, I believe tRump is. Fascist.

  5. Decades ago Dad said to me, “Son, in this country, the bullets almost always come from the right.”

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