Minnesota Democrat Representative Ilhan Omar blamed President Trump for inciting anti-Islam attacks including the mass shooting in New Zealand.
Omar’s speech was given at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) fundraising dinner at a Woodland Hills hotel in the greater Los Angeles area.
Here is what she said about President Trump as quoted by The Los Angeles Times:
Trump, she told the crowd, “doesn’t understand, or at least makes us want to think that he doesn’t understand, the consequence that his words might have. Some people like me know that he understands the consequences. He knows that there are people that he can influence to threaten our lives, to diminish our presence.”
During the speech, Omar criticized protesters that gathered outside the hotel:
According to news reports, hundreds of people gathered to protest Omar because of her anti-Semitic comments.
Hundreds outside the Woodland Hills Hilton right now protesting Rep. Ilhan Omar’s appearance at a CAIR fundraiser tonight. Crowd’s going wild for a bride walking out of the hotel pic.twitter.com/bJgOsdrrLE
— Ariella Plachta (@AriPlachta) March 23, 2019
In the recent past, Omar also criticized the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a lobbying organization that promotes ties between the U.S. and Israel.
A number of Democrats seeking to run against President Trump in the 2020 presidential race will not attend the AIPAC meeting in Washington, D.C., and they appear to be following the recommendation from MoveOn.org.
Moveon.org, a left-wing organization, promoted a members survey that reported almost three-quarters of its members did not want presidential candidates to attend the AIPAC meeting.
Omar’s comments and MoveOn.org’s anti-Israel advocacy are creating a problem for the Democrat Party.