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Ilhan Omar says Trump’s insults are threatening her life

“Every time the president has invoked my name, it has incited violence against me,” Rep Omar told Joshua Johnson of MSNBC’s The Week.

“This president is creating an environment where he is threatening to lock up his political opponents, where people no longer understand that in a democracy we are supposed to debate policy differences but we are not supposed to harm one another,” she added. “And when you have a leader, the president of the United States not understand that, then there is danger, not only to our way of life, but to our democracy and the ways it’s supposed to function.”

She also connected the threats she’s faced to the ones against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, whom a vigilante group tried to kidnap before being foiled by the FBI earlier this month. Ms Whitmer has said the president’s rhetoric has encouraged violent extremism.

“When our leaders speak, their words matter. They carry weight,” Whitmer said in a recent  speech. “When our leaders meet, encourage or fraternise with domestic terrorists, they legitimise their actions and they are complicit.”

The president often insults his political opponents, but he is especially aggressive and often extremely racist and xenophobic against Rep Omar and other Muslims, usually while accusing them of being the hateful ones.