Ilhan Omar Calls on MSNBC's Joy Reid to Apologize for 'Islamophobic' Comment

Reid made the controversial comments on Monday's 'The ReidOut'

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speaks during a press conference outside the DFL Headquarters on August 5, 2020 in St Paul, Minnesota.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speaks during a press conference outside the DFL Headquarters on August 5, 2020 in St Paul, Minnesota. Credit: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/AFP

Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar called on MSNBC host Joy Reid to apologize for remarks comparing U.S. President Donald Trump to "the way Muslims act" when "radicalizing" supporters. 

Omar tweeted on Tuesday, "Honestly, this kinda of casual Islamophobia is hurtful and dangerous. We deserve better and an apology for the painful moment for so many Muslims around our country should be forthcoming."

Reid made the controversial comments on Monday's "The ReidOut."

"Leaders, let's say in the Muslim world, talk a lot of violent talk and encourage their supporters to commit violence. ... We in the U.S. media describe that as radicalizing people," Reid said. "That's the way we talk about how Muslims act."

"When you see what Donald Trump is doing, is that any different from what we describe as radicalizing people?" she added.

Omar has been a frequent target of attacks from Trump, who has accused her of hating the United States and Israel, and a regular target of death threats

A man accused of threatening to kill Gov. Tim Walz over his endorsement of Rep. Ilhan Omar for Congress has been charged in Ramsey County District Court.

A criminal complaint filed last Thursday says 51-year-old Shawn Simonson, of Blaine, left a message on the governor’s public State Capitol line Aug. 2 that threatened to leave Walz’s body in an empty building and then burn it down over his endorsement of Omar.

The complaint charging Simonson with threatening violence says he told investigators he was frustrated about government restrictions connected to the corona­virus pandemic and recent civil unrest.

“I wasn’t thinking straight when I said those stupid things,” the complaint quoted Simonson as saying. He went on to say he was “feeling sick” about what he said and needs to work on his “anger management.”

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension tied Simonson’s phone number to similar threats made in April. That call prompted a visit from a state trooper and a Blaine police officer, the Star Tribune reported.

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