President Donald Trump was slammed by leading Democratic presidential candidates following his latest attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
“In the 24 hours since President Trump escalated an attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar by tweeting a video of her spliced with footage of the burning twin towers, Democrats have accused him of Islamophobia, inciting violence and politicizing one of America’s gravest tragedies,” The Washington Post reported Saturday.
One candidate, in particular, was praised by authoritarianism expert Sarah Kendzior.
Kendzior, the author of the 2018 book The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America, has been widely praised for her prescient warnings about Trump.
On Saturday, she praised a speech by former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX).
“Listen to Beto’s speech all the way through. I appreciate the way he is speaking out. This is not about campaigning,” she argued. “This is about the atrocity of now, the urgency of now, and he gets that.”
The president’s actions are an incitement to violence against Rep. Omar and Muslim Americans across the country. There is a cost and consequence to this rhetoric. Members of both parties must stand together and condemn the president's dangerous actions. pic.twitter.com/GV5l2qLf0Q
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) April 13, 2019
Here are what other Democratic Party presidential hopefuls are saying about Trump’s attacks on Omar:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT)
Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won't back down to Trump's racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 13, 2019
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion. It's disgusting. It's shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 13, 2019
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)
For two years, this President has used the most powerful platform in the world to sow hate & division. He's done it again. Putting the safety of a sitting member of Congress @IlhanMN at risk & vilifying a whole religion is beyond the pale. I'll be blunt — we must defeat him.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 13, 2019
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg
The threats against the life of @IlhanMN make clear what is at stake if we fail to to do this, and to beat back hate in all all its forms.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) April 13, 2019
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
President Trump's inflammatory and dangerous rhetoric towards Ilhan Omar is jeopardizing her safety. He is deliberately putting her and all Muslim Americans in harm's way.
— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) April 13, 2019
Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro
I am grateful for @IlhanMN's courage and leadership and I stand with her – and with others targeted by the President's anti-Muslim rhetoric.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) April 13, 2019
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Someone has already been charged with a serious threat on Congresswoman Omar’s life. The video the President chose to send out today will only incite more hate. You can disagree with her words—as I have done before—but this video is wrong. Enough.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) April 13, 2019
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
As a Senator who represents 9/11 victims, I can't accept any minimizing of that pain. But Trump's dangerous rhetoric against @IlhanMN is disgusting. It’s a false choice to suggest we can’t fight terrorism and reject Islamophobic hate at once—a president should do both.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) April 13, 2019
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
I was in New York on 9/11. I remember walking uptown away from the WTC in a crowd of thousands. Remembering 9/11 does not mean inciting hostility toward Muslim-Americans who are just as American as anyone else. As President I would bring us together. We are all one country. 👍🇺🇸
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) April 13, 2019