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A timeline of Trump and Ilhan Omar’s escalating war of words



Rep. Ilhan Omar, a freshman Democrat from Minnesota, is locked in an on-going battle with President Donald Trump.

Trump repeatedly attacked Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, after the congresswoman made multiple comments critical of the US-Israeli relationship and lawmakers who support Israel earlier this year.

Omar, who has defended her position on Israel but apologized for employing anti-Semitic tropes, in turn accused Trump of “trafficking in hate” against minority groups.

Omar supports the movement to boycott Israel and has been critical of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. She has also been vocal in her opposition to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an influential Washington lobby group that nearly always aligns with the Israeli government.

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A host of Omar’s Democratic colleagues have been critical of her comments about Israel.

Last week, after conservatives attacked Omar for a remark about the perpetrators of 9/11 that they argued trivialized the attack, Trump tweeted out a video juxtaposing footage of Omar with images of the World Trade Center’s twin towers collapsing.

Omar says Trump’s video attack has inspired a spike in death threats against her — even after a Trump supporter was arrested arrested and charged with threatening to assault and kill her earlier this month.

Read more: Nancy Pelosi appears to condemn both Ilhan Omar’s 9/11 comment and Trump’s video attack, enraging Democratic activists

But Trump isn’t backing down.

The president on Monday said he had no second thoughts about his attacks on Omar, and laid into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she requested heightened security for Omar this week.

Ultimately, both Trump and Omar may use their battle for their political benefit. While Trump is messaging to his base, Omar’s new national profile has helped her raise significant sums of money for her re-election bid.

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