Rep. Ilhan Omar reported that she is facing increased death threats since President Donald Trump released a video showing her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. “This is endangering lives,” she said, accusing Trump of increasing right-wing extremism. “It has to stop.”
Her statement on Sunday came after an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she has taken steps to ensure the safety of the Minnesota Democrat. The Speaker also made a call for Trump to take down the video.
Not long after Pelosi’s statement, the video disappeared as a pinned tweet at the top of Trump’s Twitter feed, but it was not deleted.
Pelosi was not alone, other Democrats criticized Trump over the tweet, with some accusing him of trying to incite violence against the Muslim lawmaker.
On Monday, Trump took a shot at Pelosi for defending Omar:
“Before Nancy, who has lost all control of Congress and is getting nothing done, decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar, she should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements Omar has made. She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended Trump Sunday, saying the president has a duty to highlight Omar’s history of making comments that others deem anti-Semitic. She said that Trump wished no “ill will” upon the first-term lawmaker.
But Omar said that since Trump retweeted the video Friday night, she’s received many threats on her life.
“Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on the rise in this country and around the world,” she said. “We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land.” She said: “We are all Americans.”
What do you think about Trump’s tweets regarding the freshman congresswoman from Minnesota?