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"Don't Give Hate a Platform": Facebook, Twitter Urged to Suspend Trump Following Attack on Ilhan Omar

With the video, the president is "inciting violence and engaging in hate speech," groups say

Andrea Germanos

CODEPINK is among the groups calling on Facebook and Twitter to suspend Trump's accounts following his video smearing the congresswoman. Image via CODEPINK
Supporters of Rep. Ilhan Omar are urging Facebook and Twitter to suspend President Donald Trump's accounts after the president posted a video attacking the Minnesota Democrat.

"We don't have to give hate a platform," a new petition states.

Launched Saturday by the Women's March, it accuses the president of "inciting violence and engaging in hate speech" through the "propaganda video targeting Congresswoman Omar" he posted Friday which uses an out-of-context phrase Omar said in reference to 9/11.

The Women's March called it "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."

In an email to supporters on Sunday, CODEPINK said it wanted to "echo" their call: "Don't give hate a platform."

The women-led group 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, as well as the attacks last week by Republicans and right-wing media, prompted many to reiterate: #IStandWithIlhanOmar.

Acknowledging that support, 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."

Democratic leadership, meanwhile, is also facing heat in the aftermath of the video.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is under fire for issuing "cowardly" statement that, as analyst Juan Cole wrote, "was so anodyne that Pelosi didn't even mention Omar's name." 

Responding to that failure of leadership, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Minn.) said: "They put us in photos when they want to show our party is diverse. However, when we ask to be at the table, or speak up about issues that impact who we are, what we fight for & why we ran in the first place, we are ignored. To truly honor our diversity is to never silence us." 

The White House, for its part, doubled down on its attack on Omar Sunday.

In an interivew with ABC News, White House presss secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "it's a good thing that the president is calling [Omar] out."


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