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The Online Cacophony of Hate Against Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib | The New York Times

By Lawrence Pintak, Jonathan Albright and Brian J. Bowe
November 5, 2019

Donald Trump has made the demonization of Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, a key element of his 2020 re-election strategy. But the targeting of Ms. Omar and her fellow Democrat and Muslim member of Congress, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, started as soon as they became candidates.

We published a study this week that found that, around the 2018 midterm elections, Ms. Omar and Ms. Tlaib were in the cross hairs of a tiny band of Islamophobes, long before Mr. Trump elevated them in his tweetstorms, and likely before they were even on his radar.

We studied more than 113,000 tweets, posted from early September 2018 to the weekend before the election, that mentioned Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Omar Qudrat, a Republican congressional candidate in California who lost his race.

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Source: Opinion | The Online Cacophony of Hate Against Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib – The New York Times

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