The Los Angeles Daily News reported that hundreds of protesters rallied outside an event in Los Angeles, California on Saturday where U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota spoke to a Muslim-American civil rights group.
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The demonstrators were protesting Omar's presence at the fundraising event for the Council of American-Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles. “Burn the Quran!," “Ilhan Omar, go to hell!” and “Shame on you, terrorists!" were among some of the messages shouted by the protestors.
Progressive Congresswoman Omar declared during the event that Trump’s ''fuels hate against Muslims.'' According to some analysts, Omar linked U.S. President Donald Trump's rhetoric to the recent mass shooting at a New Zealand mosque: "We all kind of knew that this was happening,” she said. “But the reason I think that many of us knew that this was going to get worse is that we finally had a leader in the White House who publicly says Islam hates us, who fuels hate against Muslims, who thinks it is OK to speak about a faith and a whole community in a way that is dehumanizing, vilifying,” she added.
Trump “doesn’t understand, or at least makes us want to think that he doesn’t understand, the consequence that his words might have. Some people like me know that he understands the consequences. He knows that there are people that he can influence to threaten our lives, to diminish our presence,” she said.
CAIR event deals with major issues such as community empowerment, civic engagement, and challenges to Islamophobia.