Hundreds of Rep. Ilhan Omar supporters faced off with President Trump supporters during a protest against the president’s Minnesota visit. Protesters lined both sides of the street in front of Nuss Trucking in Burnsville on Monday where Trump’s motorcade passed through.
Rep. Omar supporters marched along one side carrying “I Stand With Ilhan” signs, amongst others, in protest of Trump’s tweet sharing an edited video of Omar that connected her to 9/11.
“You put a target on the back of a sitting congresswoman,” Jaylani Hussein, the executive director of the Community on American Islamic Relations, Minnesota (CAIR-MN) shouted via megaphone to Trump’s motorcade as it made its way past the protesters.
“Today, Minnesotans came out to support Ilhan and to tell President Trump that Minnesotan values do not align with his values,” CAIR told the MSR. “Our protest is mixed with…different ages, groups, peoples’ backgrounds. Minnesota will continue to lead this nation by sending people like Congresswoman Ilhan Omar [to Washington] as well as to reject Trump’s policies.”
Since Trump’s tweet, Rep. Omar said she has been plagued with death threats. “I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life — many directly referencing or replying to the President’s video,” said Omar, who was not in attendance, in a recent statement.
Omar also shared that counties that hosted Trump rallies in 2016 saw a “226 percent increase in hate crimes” as well as increases in assaults.
“Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and White nationalists are on the rise in this country and around the world,” said Omar. “We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land.
“Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country’s Commander in Chief,” she continued. “We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop.”