The Hill reports that an adviser for President Trump’s reelection campaign has said President Trump’s attacks are not to blame for death threats against Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). Instead, the Congresswoman herself should be held responsible for “her ill-thought-out words.”
"I don’t think it’s the president that’s putting her in danger, I think it’s her ill-thought-out words that she used to describe the greatest terror attack on the history of United States soil which killed nearly 3,000 Americans,” Marc Lotter, campaign director of strategic communications said Monday on CNN when he was asked about a video Trump shared via twitter showing clips of the 9/11 attacks and Omar's comments. Omar says the tweet led to an increase in threats against her.
“Make no mistake, no congressperson, no American should be threatened and no one is inciting violence," Lotter said. "I think what they’re doing is showing outrage toward words that should have been better thought out.”
Lotter added that he did not know if Trump planned on deleting the tweet. “I’m not going to tell the president what he should or should not do with his Twitter account.”
Conservatives recently resurfaced a speech Omar made where she said some people hold all Muslims responsible after 9/11 because “some people did something.”
Critics were enraged and claimed she was making light of the attacks. Omar’s proponents say she was taken out of context.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has instructed the Capitol sergeant-at-arms to ensure that Omar remains safe.
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