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Facebook, Twitter Urged To Suspend Trump Accounts Following ‘Racist’ Attack On Muslim Congresswoman

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Facebook, Twitter Urged To Suspend Trump Accounts Following ‘Racist’ Attack On Muslim Congresswoman

A new petition is urging Facebook and Twitter to immediately suspend President Donald Trump’s accounts after he shared a video on Friday attacking Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress in 2018.

MSNBC host Joy Reid on Saturday informed her viewers that she could not air the edited video tweeted by Trump because it “is so inflammatory it falls into a category where most news organizations wouldn’t even play it on TV.”

Launched Saturday by the Women’s March, the new petition accuses the president of “inciting violence and engaging in hate speech” through the “propaganda video targeting Congresswoman Omar” he posted Friday and declares that “we don’t have to give hate a platform.”

The Women’s March called the video “a despicable and irresponsible attack” that “is as dangerous as it is unprecedented.”

The petition calls on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to “do the right thing” and “[s]uspend him from Twitter and Facebook for inciting violence and engaging in hate speech. Remove his propaganda video targeting Congresswoman Omar.”

CODEPINK also denounced the video, calling it “a dangerous incitement [that] puts Rep. Omar’s life in danger.”

“If Twitter and Facebook allow the video and Trump’s racist incitement to remain on social media,” the group wrote, “they will be responsible, too.”

The video tweeted by Trump shows out of context comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) about the 9/11 attacks while speaking to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in March interspersed with video of the 9/11 attacks.

Playing an extended clip of Omar’s remarks, Reid accused the GOP of trying to paint the progressive lawmaker as dismissive of the 9/11 attacks, when her remarks were referring to efforts by some conservatives to strip Muslim Americans of civil liberties after Sept. 11, 2001.

“Many on the right cut, not only the little phrase, that snippet, ‘some people did something’, and used that out of context snippet to assail the congresswoman, with some Fox News personalities even questioning her loyalty to the United States,” Reid said, referring to remarks made by Fox host Brian Kilmeade, who later clarified that he was not questioning Omar’s loyalty.

“Last night Fox News superfan Donald Trump took things to a shocking new low,” Reid continued, “tweeting out a graphic video of the Twin Towers burning, interspersed with that single snippet of the congresswoman’s speech.”

“We’re not going to show you that video because it is so inflammatory it falls into a category where most news organizations wouldn’t even play it on TV. And yet it was released through the preferred public information tool of the President of the United States. Making it akin to an official public statement,” she added.

“Many are calling Trump’s tweet and that video an incitement to violence against the congresswoman, particularly since it comes just one week after a self-declared Trump supporter was charged with threatening to kill Rep. Omar,” Reid concluded.

A number of Democrats, including presidential hopefuls Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, condemned the president for inciting more division and hatred.

Buttigieg tweeted:

After 9/11 we all said we were changed. That we were stronger and more united. That’s what “never forget” was about. Now, a president uses that dark day to incite his base against a member of Congress, as if for sport. As if we learned nothing that day about the workings of hate.

That day, some people did this: killed thousands of Americans in order to try to make us smaller, more divided and less free. To weaken us by distancing us from our own values through fear and anger. This is the function of terrorism.

I served overseas, at risk to my life, in the struggle against such terrorism. But it can only be fully defeated if we have leaders at home who defuse its capacity to sow hate—hate against Islam or against any number of “others.”

The president today made America smaller. It is not enough to condemn him; we must model something better.

The threats against the life of Rep. Omar make clear what is at stake if we fail to to do this, and to beat back hate in all all its forms.

Acknowledging the support she has received, Omar said in a tweet on Saturday, “Thank you for standing with me—against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country—to fight for the America we all deserve.”

She also vowed to “stand undeterred to continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans.”


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