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

By Zack Budryk, The Hill

Activist Angela Davis and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) joined numerous other black women activists and members of Congress in a rally Tuesday to support Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

April 30, 2019 – Washington, District of Columbia, U.S. – United States Representative Ayanna Pressley, Democrat of Massachusetts, speaks during a press event in front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. on April 30, 2019. Several members of Congress attended the event and spoke out against recent tweets by President Donald Trump that attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar. Credit: Alex Edelman / CNP (Credit Image: © Alex Edelman/CNP via ZUMA Wire)

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 Trump tweeted a video interspersing her words with images from the attacks.

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.”

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