Tag: Muslim Americans

For Democrats, Ilhan Omar Is a Complicated Figure to Defend

WASHINGTON — When President Trump tweeted an edited video portraying Representative Ilhan Omar as playing down the 9/11 attacks, it took less than three hours for Senator Bernie Sanders to rush to her defense and declare her “a leader with strength and courage.” But when a Fox News anchor described Mr. Sanders on Monday night […]

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Why Trump Won’t Stop Talking About Ilhan Omar

It’s still common to hear analysts speak of the “Trumpification” of the Republican Party — the extent to which it has adopted the attitude and ethos of the sitting president. But this phrasing assumes discontinuity between past and present, as if there weren’t antecedents to Donald Trump in the recent Republican past. The actual relationship […]

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In Attacking Ilhan Omar, Trump Revives His Familiar Refrain Against Muslims

As long as President Trump has focused on what he said was the danger lurking at the southwestern border, he has also talked about the supposed threat from one specific group already in the country: Muslims. During the 2016 campaign, he would not rule out creating a registry of Muslims in the United States. He […]

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Trump’s Attack on Ilhan Omar: How the 2020 Democrats Diverged in Response

The first reaction came Friday evening, from Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. President Trump had escalated his political attacks on Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democrat who is also one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, tweeting an inflammatory video that implied she trivialized the horror of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Ninety […]

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Boycott of New York Post Is Planned by Yemeni-Americans Over 9/11 Cover

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The New York Post came under a barrage of criticism last week for a front page that featured a Sept. 11 photograph of the World Trade Center in flames and an isolated quote from a Muslim member of Congress, […]

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Trump Assails Ilhan Omar With Video of Sept. 11 Attacks

President Trump on Friday targeted Representative Ilhan Omar for remarks she made during a speech on civil rights and Muslims in America with a graphic video featuring the burning World Trade Center towers and other images from Sept. 11, 2001, that he tweeted to millions of his followers. The Twitter post from the president stoked […]

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She Was Forced to Marry in Bangladesh. In Brooklyn, She Made Her Escape.

Carrie Ellman-Larsen, who teaches theater in public schools, isn’t usually out late, but on a mild night last August, she decided to go for a walk in her neighborhood, south of Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Within minutes, she came upon a fight. A man was blocking the path of a young woman — “holding her […]

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Fox News Bumps Jeanine Pirro’s Show After Anti-Muslim Remarks

Jeanine Pirro is off Fox News prime time — for one night, at least. Fox News removed Ms. Pirro’s program, “Justice With Judge Jeanine,” from its usual 9 p.m. time slot on Saturday, one week after the network took the rare step of publicly rebuking the host for an on-air monologue that questioned a Muslim […]

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Security Increased at American Mosques After New Zealand Attack

Security at mosques around the United States was tightened on Friday as law enforcement officials and political leaders denounced a deadly attack at a New Zealand mosque and tried to assure Muslims that they would be protected while practicing their faith. The New Zealand shooting, which killed at least 49 people and injured dozens of […]

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Jeanine Pirro’s Remarks on Muslim Legislator Are Condemned by Fox News

In an unusual reproach, Fox News criticized one of its star personalities, Jeanine Pirro, after the host questioned if a Muslim lawmaker’s religious beliefs undermined her loyalty to the United States. Ms. Pirro, the prosecutor turned politician turned TV host who is close to President Trump, had attacked Representative Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democrat, in […]

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In Unusual Move, Fox News Condemns Jeanine Pirro’s Remarks on Muslim Legislator

In an unusual reproach, Fox News criticized one of its star personalities, Jeanine Pirro, after the host questioned if a Muslim lawmaker’s religious beliefs undermined her loyalty to the United States. Ms. Pirro, the prosecutor-turned-politician-turned-TV host who is close to President Trump, had attacked Representative Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democrat, in the opening remarks of […]

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Democrats Put Off Anti-Semitism Resolution After Fierce Backlash

WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders have put off a vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and bigotry after a backlash from rank-and-file lawmakers who said Representative Ilhan Omar, whose comments gave rise to the measure, was being unfairly singled out. Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 Democrat, told reporters on Wednesday morning […]

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2 American Children May Be Trapped in the Last ISIS Village

BEIRUT, Lebanon — As American-backed forces assault the final bastion of the Islamic State in Syria, two American children may be stuck inside, their father fears. “I am praying to my God that they will return to me,” said the father, Bashirul Shikder. “They are innocent. I am just hoping.” Four years ago, his wife […]

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The Creeping Liberalism in American Islam

Since 9/11, a recurrent theme in the far-right circles of America has been “creeping Shariah.” It reflects the fear that Islamic law will silently spread through the land of freedom to ultimately overtake it — to put all women in burqas and all adulterers to death. In this scenario, American Muslims, who make up only […]

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Ilhan Omar’s Very Bad Tweets

Last October, after a crude mail bomb was found in George Soros’s mailbox, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who is now the House minority leader, tweeted, “We cannot allow Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg to buy this election!” The tweet, since deleted, was referring to Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, both of them, like Soros, […]

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Muslims Form Community Patrol. Some Neighbors Say No, Thanks.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Maeen Ali remembers the worry he felt when he first spotted the “Punish a Muslim Day” screed online. The letter, mailed last spring throughout England, encouraged violence that ranged from pulling off a woman’s head scarf to bombing mosques. […]

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They Created a Muslim Enclave in Upstate N.Y. Then Came the Online Conspiracies.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] HANCOCK, N.Y. — Deep in the dense woods near the Catskill Mountains, a settlement was started decades ago by Muslim families, many of them African-Americans from New York City, who were seeking to distance themselves from neighborhoods they saw […]

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4 Arrested and 23 Guns Seized in Plot Against Muslim Enclave in Upstate N.Y.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A seemingly offhand remark in a high school lunchroom set off an investigation that uncovered an arsenal of weapons and a plot to attack a Muslim enclave in upstate New York, law enforcement officials said. The comment was made […]

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Glorified and Vilified, Representative-Elect Ilhan Omar Tells Critics: ‘Just Deal’

WASHINGTON — As a 12-year-old refugee from Somalia adjusting to life in the Virginia suburbs, Ilhan Omar fended off bullies who stuck gum on her scarf, knocked her down stairs and jumped her when she changed clothes for gym class. Her father “sat me down, and he said, ‘Listen, these people who are doing all […]

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