“WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., complained to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about why the social media giant had failed to remove a controversial video shared by President Donald Trump, which Omar claims incited death threats against her.
Dorsey called Omar Tuesday and informed the freshman congresswoman that Trump’s tweet had not violated Twitter’s rules and stood by the company’s decision not to remove it, The Washington Post reported.
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An anonymous source told The Post that Omar pressed Dorsey to explain why the tweet had not been removed.
The tweet contained a video intercutting controversial remarks Omar made about 9/11, intercut with footage of the destruction of the World Trade Center. “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!” read Trump’s caption accompanying the video.
Omar was heavily criticized for remarks she made during a March 23 address to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, characterizing the Sept. 11 attacks as “some people did something.”
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
After explaining that the tweet did not violate his platform’s rules, Dorsey also said both the tweet and video at issue had reached beyond the bounds of the platform.
Two people familiar with the call said Dorsey conceded that Twitter needed to do more to scrub harassment from the site.
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In the face of several controversial remarks made by Omar, liberals have flocked to her defense, expressing disgust at what they claim are bigoted attacks on the Muslim congresswoman.
Geraldo Rivera earlier this month defended Omar for her comments about the Sept. 11 attacks – arguing that she lacks “the language” to properly express herself about the tragedy.
On Fox News talk show “The Five,” host Jesse Watters argued that Omar has consistently refused to take responsibility for her offensive remarks and instead “whines” that she’s being targeted because of her identity. But Rivera disagreed and echoed Omar’s complaints regarding death threats she claims are incited by conservative criticisms.
First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as “some people who did something”.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 9, 2019
“This is not whining. She’s being attacked. This is an existential threat,” he said. “She’s getting death threats on a daily basis.”
Some conservatives have pushed back on assertions that the criticism of Omar constitutes incitement to violence.
“Just so we are clear on basic notions of reality: When someone calls out a public official for things they said, it is not endangering their life or inciting violence,” tweeted Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Texas Republican. “Claiming otherwise is just an attempt to silence your critics.”
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