Washington: President Donald Trump on Monday continued his attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), accusing the legislator of “U.S. HATE” and saying she has “control” over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“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,” the president tweeted. “She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
On Friday, Trump tweeted a misleading video splicing together comments Omar made last month with footage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Omar is one of the first Muslim women in Congress. The video pulled a single line from Omar’s roughly 20-minute speech at a Council on American-Islamic Relations event in Los Angeles in March: “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” Omar said in the short clip.
Omar’s broader speech had condemned the increase in hate and threats to Muslims’ safety in the U.S. in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. Republican lawmakers and commentators singled out the one line to falsely accuse Omar of minimizing the Sept. 11 attacks. On Friday, Trump tweeted out the video, saying, “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”
In the wake of the president’s tweet, Omar said death threats against her had increased, with her office noting many of the threats had directly referenced the president’s video.
On Sunday, Pelosi said in a statement that Trump’s “hateful” rhetoric toward Omar created “real danger.” Her comments came after other Democratic lawmakers, particularly progressive freshmen congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) had called out some of their Democratic colleagues for not coming to Omar’s defense more forcefully. Tlaib is also one of the first Muslim women in Congress.
In Trump’s tweet on Monday, he accused Omar of “anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements.”
Omar has come under repeated attacks from Republican media pundits and lawmakers, and even some Democrats, after she made statements questioning the U.S. relationship with Israel, which some painted as anti-Semitic. Earlier this month, a New York man was arrested and charged with threatening to kill Omar. In recent years, hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. have reached record levels, per FBI reports.
EARLIER: Police safeguarding Ilhan Omar after Trump 9/11 video: Nancy Pelosi
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Sunday that she has taken steps to ensure the safety of Rep. Ilhan Omar following President Donald Trump’s retweet of a video that purports to show the Minnesota Democrat being dismissive of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The California Democrat also called on Trump to take down the video. Soon after her public request, the video disappeared from Trump’s twitter feed.
Pelosi was among Democrats who had criticized Trump over the tweet, with some accusing him of trying to incite violence against the Muslim lawmaker who has already seen one upstate New York man face criminal charges for making death threats against her.
The White House defended Trump earlier Sunday, saying the president has a duty to highlight Omar’s history of making comments that others find offensive and that he wished no “ill will” upon the first-term lawmaker.
Pelosi, who was traveling in London, issued a statement saying she had spoken with congressional authorities after Trump’s tweet “to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff.”
“They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces,” the speaker said. She called on Trump to discourage such behavior.
“The President’s words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger,” Pelosi said. “President Trump must take down his disrespectful and dangerous video.”
The video in Trump’s tweet included a snippet from a recent speech Omar gave to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in which she described the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center as “some people did something,” along with news footage of the hijacked airplanes hitting the Twin Towers. Trump captioned his tweet with: “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
Critics accuse Omar of offering a flippant description of the assailants behind the attack that killed nearly 3,000 people. She later sought to defend herself by tweeting a quote from President George W. Bush. Days after 9/11, the Republican president referred to the attackers as “people.”
Neither Trump’s tweet nor the video included Omar’s full quote or the context of her comments, which were about Muslims feeling that their civil liberties had eroded after the attacks. The tweet continued to lead Trump’s Twitter feed on Sunday, with more than 9 million views.
Sanders questioned why Democrats weren’t following Trump’s example and calling out Omar, too. Democrats who criticized the president over the tweet defended Omar. Some also noted their past disagreements with her.
“Certainly the president is wishing no ill will and certainly not violence towards anyone, but the president is absolutely and should be calling out the congresswoman for her not only one time but history of anti-Semitic comments,” Sanders said. “The bigger question is why aren’t Democrats doing the same thing? It’s absolutely abhorrent the comments that she continues to make and has made and they look the other way.”
Omar repeatedly has pushed fellow Democrats into uncomfortable territory with comments about Israel and the strength of the Jewish state’s influence in Washington. She apologized for suggesting that lawmakers support Israel for pay and said she isn’t criticizing Jews. But she refused to take back a tweet in which she suggested American supporters of Israel “pledge allegiance” to a foreign country.
Rep. Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat whose constituents include Manhattan’s financial district, which was targeted on Sept. 11, 2001, said he had no issues with Omar’s characterization of the attack.
“I have had some problems with some of her other remarks, but not — but not with that one,” he said.
Sanders commented on “Fox News Sunday” and ABC’s “This Week.” Nadler appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union.