The Independent, April 7, 2019
Donald Trump attacked one of the first Muslim women to serve in the US Congress, hours after it emerged that death threat had been made against her.
Mr Trump claimed Ilhan Omar did not like Israel at a Republican Jewish Coalition event in Las Vegas.
“Special thanks to Representative Omar of Minnesota,” he said. “Oh, I forgot. She doesn’t like Israel. I forgot. I’m so sorry.”
His comments came hours after it emerged that a New York man, who said he “loved” the US president was charged with threatening to kill the Minnesota Democrat.
Patrick Carlineo Jr was arrested after placing a call to Ms Omar’s office in which he called the politician a “terrorist” before threatening to shoot her, federal prosecutors said.
He later told bureau investigators that he “loves the president and that he hates radical Muslims in our government,” according to the criminal complaint filed by US Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York.
Ms Omar was forced to apologise earlier this year for tweets implying US politicians only supported Israel because of lobby money.
She faced widespread condemnation for suggesting the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) was buying influence for pro-Israel policies. Republicans and Democrats alike said the tweets stoked antisemitic tropes about Jews and money.
Responding to Mr Trump’s latest comments about, the 37-year-old mother of three who is the first Somali-American, first African-born American, and one of the first two Muslim American women to serve in the US Congress, tweeted: “My Lord, forgive my people for they do not know.” ...
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