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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump does not shy away from his tweets on Democrat Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.
In fact, he spoke at a rally on Monday in Omar's home state of Minnesota in the midst of a fierce battle over their comments on the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Omar, a Somali American, says it's more than a rhetorical quarrel and that life, including hers, is at stake. Trump says it's about national security and Omar is "ungrateful".
A look at the recent rhetorical struggle between the two, who are more concerned with the race, and whether the leaders and their words should be blamed for the violence.
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The aftershocks
Omar says she has been facing mounting death threats since Trump leaked a video claiming she objected to the 2001 terrorist attacks. "This endangers life," she said, accusing Trump of fueling extremism. "It has to stop."
Her statement on late Sunday followed the announcement of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she had taken steps to ensure the safety of the Democrats in Minnesota. Pelosi also asked Trump to take the video.
The video soon disappeared as a pied-up tweet at the top of Trump's Twitter feed, but it was not deleted.
Trump continued his rhetoric on Monday morning and tweeted: "Before Nancy, who has lost control of Congress and does nothing, decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar, she should look at anti-Semitic anti-Israel and thank him for being ungrateful. Statements that Omar made. "

Later, Trump announced that he would enter the "great state of Minnesota!" To travel. Omar responded by repeating this post with the comment: "The great state of Minnesota, in which we not only welcome immigrants, we send them to Washington."
Minnesota has the largest concentration of Somalis in the nation, and most of them are in the Minneapolis area.
Pelosi said Monday in the London School of Economics and Political Science: "I do not think a US President should use the September 11 tragedy as a political tool. I think that's wrong, I think it's below the dignity of the office. "

A coalition of community organizations gathers support for Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar in front of Nut Truck and Equipment at Burnsville, Minn., Where US President Donald Trump spoke on April 15, 2019. (AFP)

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What did Omar say?
Omar said on March 23 at a council meeting on American-Islamic relations in Los Angeles that many Muslims saw their civil liberties lost after the September 11 attacks.
"We've lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen far too long, and honestly, I'm tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it," she said in a speech posted online. "CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they realized that some people have done something and that we all lose access to our civil liberties."
CAIR was founded on its website in 1994, but its membership rose after the attacks.
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How Trump reacted
The president resubmitted a video on Friday stating that "some people did something" from Omar's speech and news footage of the kidnapped planes that hit the Twin Towers. Trump has also tweeted: "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!"
The president raised criticism above all from Omar's political opponents and conservatives, who claim that Omar's formulations are a modest description of the attackers and the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
Neither Trump's tweet nor the video contained Omar's complete quote or the context of her comments.
In Minnesota, Trump made his comments to a forwarding company in Burnsville, which focused mainly on the tax cut of the GOP 2017.

Trump supporters gather in front of Nut Truck and Equipment at Burnsville, Minnesota, where US President Donald Trump spoke on April 15, 2019. (AFP)


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Who repeated Trump?
Other prominent GOP voices criticized Omar with Trump.
"The first member of the congress, the terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on September 11 as" some people who did something, "tweeted Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, the retired Navy SEAL lost in 2012 Explosion in Afghanistan his right eye.
"Here's your something," roared the New York Post on a cover under a photo of the burning towers.
Brian Kilmeade, Fox News Channel Moderator, told Omar in a Fox & Friends segment, "You have to wonder if she's an American first."
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Life and death…
Omar has been the target of threats in the past. She tweeted back to Kilmeade and Crenshaw, "This is a dangerous incitement to the death threats I'm exposed to."
"My love and commitment to our country and to my colleagues should never be questioned. We are ALL Americans! "
Recently, a New York statesman was charged with raising death threats against her.
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security
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said in a teleconference on Monday that they were concerned about Omar's safety, especially when Trump was fighting in Minnesota. Chair Karen Bass said that "outrage" over Omar "continues to jeopardize her life".
Bennie Thompson, UK Homeland Security Leader, added: "Members of the Congress should be able to comment on issues without fear of personal injury."
"I'm worried about it and the idea that if you think differently from the President's, you'll be the target."
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Associated Press Errin Haines Whack contributed to this report.

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