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Omar was arguably incautious with her choice of words (and CAIR was actually founded in the 1990s), but those who dragged her for this were engaged in " patriotic correctness, " a right-wing variety of political correctness.

That is what Omar was saying in her speech.

These are her words in context: "Here's the truth". "We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land".

In a statement on Sunday, Ms Omar said: "Since the president's tweet Friday evening, I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life - many directly referring or replying to the president's video". "Because that is the right you have". CAIR was founded in 1994.

Omar has said she often faces questions doubting her "American-ness".

Omar, an immigrant from Somalia, was elected to the US House of Representatives in November.

"First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as 'some people who did something, ' " tweeted Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, on Tuesday. But the senator from Vermont remains an independent locked in conflict with the Democratic party's mainstream, and the extent to which that mainstream, along with establishment liberals, has allowed American politics to reach this level of hate has become clear through the treatment of Omar.

The statement even prompted the father of a New York firefighter who died on September 11, 2001, to pen an op-ed in the New York Post titled, "My FDNY son's death on 9/11 was more than just 'something'".

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For some time, critics of Twitter have attacked the social network over a perceived failure to respond quickly and appropriately to reports of troubling tweets and harassment on the site.

Under the Twitter hashtag #IStandWithIlhanOmar, Star Trek actor George Takei, wrote, referring to the Japanese attack in 1941 that drew the U.S. into World War II: "When I was a child, it was Japanese Americans who were vilified as the enemy after Pearl Harbor".

Earlier this month she acknowledged becoming a lightning rod, telling late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert that identity politics has made immigrants, refugees, women of color and Muslims the focus of intensifying national controversy. Colbert acknowledged that he had previously made similar comments about Miller on his show and did not experience the same amount of backlash as Omar.

Following Omar's speech to CAIR, the New York Post newspaper ran a front-page headline that said, "here's your something", along with a photo of the World Trade Center in flames. "But no one goes after people like the folks on 'Fox & Friends.' ..." It's as American, as they say, as apple pie. "It has to stop", she added.

The tweeted video also comes after a 55-year-old NY man was arrested and charged with threatening to assault and murder Rep. Omar on April 6.

The normalisation of anti-Muslim racism is not something that emerged with Trump. "We are not there to be invisible".

This statement attracted more hateful comments towards the Congresswoman after Trump tweeted it with the caption "We will never forget!" and added an edited video of the 9/11 attacks.

What followed was a vicious cycle of thunderous conservative indignation, complete with President Donald Trump tweeting a video mashing up Omar's remarks with footage the planes hitting the Twin Towers, followed by an overreaching liberal backlash against the backlash, in which Democratic presidential contenders Beto O'Rourke and Sen.

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