Angela Davis, Ayanna Pressley lead rally in support of Ilhan Omar

Angela Davis, Ayanna Pressley lead rally in support of Ilhan Omar

Activist Angela Davis and Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyGOP amps up efforts to recruit women candidates Carson invokes abortion in Twitter response to jab from Omar House Democrat slams Ben Carson over Oreo confusion: 'My questions were serious' MORE (D-Mass.) joined numerous other black women activists and members of Congress in a rally Tuesday to support Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarGOP amps up efforts to recruit women candidates Ocasio-Cortez, progressives trash 'antisemitic' Politico illustration of Bernie Sanders It's Joe Biden's 2020 presidential nomination to lose MORE (D-Minn.).

Davis and Barbara Ransby, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and adviser to the Movement for Black Lives, told Democracy Now they planned the event, called Black Women in Defense of Ilhan Omar, in response to escalating attacks against the freshman Democrat, who said death threats against her spiked after conservatives accused her of minimizing the 9/11 attacks and President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE tweeted a video interspersing her words with images from the attacks.

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Trump, Davis said, “uses this bizarre logic of fungibility, where one Muslim represents the worst—or all Muslims, rather, represent the worst deeds that any Muslim has ever conducted,” a logical process she said was “at the heart of racism.”

“Trump has been vitriolic toward so many groups, but I think there’s a particular venom when it comes to black women,” Ransby added, citing both his attacks on Omar and his frequent taunts of Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersTrump appeals order siding with House Democrats bank subpoenas Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties Exclusive: Carson seeks to clean up testimony on protections for homeless transgender people MORE (D-Calif.) and his 2017 feud with Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonOvernight Defense: Iran worries dominate foreign policy talk | Pentagon reportedly to send WH plans for 10K troops in Mideast | Democrats warn Trump may push through Saudi arms sale | Lawmakers blast new Pentagon policy on sharing info House Dem: Trump could start war with Iran to thwart impeachment Lawmakers celebrate 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote MORE (D-Fla.), who accused him of making a Gold Star widow cry by telling her that her late husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, “knew what he signed up for.”

“I am changing the things I can no longer accept, and from R. Kelly to Donald Trump, what we can no longer accept is the silencing of black women,” Pressley, who, like Omar, was elected to Congress in 2018, said at the event. “We are reclaiming our rightful place.” 

Omar and Pressley’s fellow freshman lawmaker Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSteyer plans impeachment push targeting Democrats over recess Tlaib urges Mnuchin to seek personal legal advice Pelosi faces tipping point on Trump impeachment MORE (D-Mich.) also attended the event. Tlaib and Omar are the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.

Multiple people have been arrested for allegedly threatening to assault and kill Omar, including a Florida man who accused her of being a member of the Taliban and a New York man who allegedly threatened to “put a bullet in her f---ing skull.” Before the 9/11 remarks, she was also the target of critics who accused her of invoking anti-Semitic stereotypes in her criticisms of pro-Israel lobbying groups.