Ilhan Omar, since her election to the US Congress (as the first Muslim in addition to Rashida Tlaib) a lovely figure for the Republican party. But since then, the newspaper “New York Post” brought a quote from Omar’s from a speech before the Muslim civil rights movement Cair in the past week on your title page, has intensified the criticism on the part of the Republicans and conservative media drastically. Omar had described the attack of 9/11 with the words: “Some people have done something.”

Even U.S. President Donald Trump jumped on the train. At the weekend he posted on Twitter a Video in which the quote is several times with scenes of the collapsing twin towers of the World Trade center cut together. The Whole is accompanied by gloomy music. So far it’s been downloaded more than ten million Times. Other critics go so far that you doubt that Omar is responsible really for the interests of America. You talk to her, to be a real American and to stand for the values of the country. Omar received an increasing number of threats, including death threats. Many of the attacks were “directly related” to trump’s Video, she explained on Twitter.

The Video of Trump:

What Ilhan Omar has really said

As usual with such debates, the incriminating quote is ripped entirely out of context. What has been said by Omar, but really? And especially: In what context she spoke the words? The Deputy gave the speech in March at an event by Cair. The Council for American-Islamic relations, and in 1994 founded, is an advocate for the rights of Muslims in the United States. In the part of the speech, from the controversial quote, talks to Omar about the prejudices to which they were especially subjected to since 9/11. And she stresses the combative civil rights of Muslims, which would apply for this, of course, in the same way as for any other US citizen.

Ilhan Omar: Are is second-class citizens

The Passage in your speech: “for too long we have lived with the discomfort, to be second-class citizens and frankly, I’m tired, and every Muslim in this country it should be. I’m sorry. Cair was founded after 9/11 (an error note.d.Red.), because they have recognized that some people have done something. As a result, we (Muslims, ed. d. Red.) the access to our civil liberties lost. If anyone looks at me today as odd, and I should not try to please him. It should be said that it is unpleasant and ask him why he looks at me, because I have the right to do so.”

The Original speech:

In a number of Tweets has defended Omar since then. In her latest, she writes: “This country was founded on the ideas of justice, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But these fundamental values are threatened. Each And Every Day. We are threatened by a government , the dear children imprison, than to adopt a comprehensive immigration reform.”

Democrats defend Omar

In a further Tweet, she stated, “violent crimes, and other hate acts of right-wing extremists and white nationalists in this country and throughout the world.” It was no longer acceptable, that Trump was “encouraged”. “We are all Americans. The risk to life. It’s got to stop.”

the support she receives from her party. Many prominent Democrats rushed to Omar for help, and accused Trump and other Republicans, to have the sentence out of context and to threaten the Muslim deputies. The Chairman of the Parliament and duck house, Nancy Pelosi, called on Trump to delete the “disrespectful and dangerous” Video. “His hate-filled and inflammatory rhetoric leads to the real danger,” said Pelosi. You have arranged the Congress, the police, a security check, to protect Omar, your family and your employees.

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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