Ilhan Omar’s life ‘in imminent danger’ after ‘Send her back’ chant: DemsJuly 19, 2019
House Democrats on Thursday called for increased security in response to the “Send her back” chants that got hurled at Rep. Ilhan Omar during President Trump’s rally in North Carolina.
“It’s crystal clear to me that [Omar’s] life is in imminent danger,” said Democratic Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush in a statement.
“[Trump] has threatened the safety of a member of Congress,” he added. “That takes this to a whole different level.”
Congressman Al Green (D-Texas) announced plans Thursday — while speaking on the House floor — to introduce legislation for more enhanced security measures.
“Leadership has adequate security,” he said. “Members do not have adequate security. I want to thwart the efforts of those who might want to harm a member of this House.”
Green argued that Omar and the other congresswomen who make up “the Squad” — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rasihda Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley — all needed increased security following Wednesday night’s rally attack.
Trump has been waging a war of words with the group for several days now after telling them on Twitter to “go back” to the countries they came from. Only one of the lawmakers is foreign-born, while the others all hail from the US.
Omar has said that she doesn’t fear for her safety following the rally, but she is concerned about what will happen to “people who share [her] identity.”
“This is not about me,” she told reporters on Thursday. “This is about fighting for what this country should be and what it deserves to be.”
Trump condemned the “Send her back” chants while speaking to the media on Thursday.
“I was not happy with it,” he said. “I disagree with it.”
The president, however, has defended his “go back” tweets — tweeting that they “were NOT Racist.”
“I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” he tweeted Tuesday. “The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show ‘weakness’ and fall into their trap.”
With Post wires
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