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Muslim US congresswoman sees increased death threats after Trump's tweet

MUSLIM United States Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has been subject to an increase in death threats since President Donald Trump tweeted about her speech on Islamophobia.

The Democrat has been targeted for last month’s speech, in which she pointed out that Muslims have faced discrimination since the 9/11 terror attacks on New York’s World Trade Centre. Republicans have accused her of downplaying the attack.

On Friday Mr Trump tweeted a video of Ms Omar’s speech to a backdrop of menacing music and news footage of the destruction of the twin towers.

Ms Omar says that many direct threats on her life refer to Mr Trump’s post.

“Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on the rise in this country and around the world,” she said on Sunday night. “We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land.”

A New York man was recently arrested and charged with threatening to assault Ms Omar.

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders called for an end to “the disgusting and dangerous attacks against her” while Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned her colleagues that “to be silent is to be complicit.”

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