Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday called on President Donald Trump to remove a video from his Twitter feed that is critical of Rep. Ilhan Omar who, according to Democrats, brings threats of violence against her.
& # 39; The president's words weigh heavily, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger. President Trump must bring down his disrespectful and dangerous video, & Pelosi said in a statement from London, traveling with lawmakers.
She also said that she has asked Capitol police to investigate any threats to the first-year Democrat from Minnesota.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on President Trump to remove a video from his Twitter feed that is critical of Rep. Ilhan Omar, who, according to Dems, has made threats
Speaker Pelosi also said that she asked Capitol Police for & # 39; security assessment & # 39; from Rep. Omar (middle)
& # 39; After the President's tweet, I spoke with the Sergeant-at-Arms to ensure that Capitol police conduct a security review to protect Congresswoman Omar, her family, and her staff. They will continue to monitor and address the threats they encounter, & Pelosi said.
The video is attached to the top of Trump's Twitter feed. & # 39; WE WILL NEVER TAKE & # 39 ;, he tweeted on Friday evening, accompanied by a 43-second video showing Omar & # 39; s comment during a speech to the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), interspersed with images of 11 September 2001.
Pelosi's call comes after the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said on Sunday that President Rump wants "no harm" against Rep. Omar, but added that he correctly mentioned her comments on the September 11 attacks.
"Certainly, the president does not want any bad will, and certainly no violence against anyone other than the president is absolute and should not only call the congresswoman for her once, but also a history of anti-Semitic comments." Sanders on ABC & # 39; s & # 39; This Week. & # 39;
She condemned Omar & # 39; s description of the 9/11 attacks as & # 39; people who did something & # 39; if & # 39; disgusting & # 39 ;.
The White House Secretary, Sarah Sanders, said that President Trump & # 39; no harm & # 39; want against Rep. Ilhan Omar
Sanders said that Trump was right to have Rep. Ilhan Omar (above) to criticize for her comments on 9/11
& # 39; It is absolutely horrible for the comments she keeps making and has made and [Democrats] look to the other side. I find her comments absolutely outrageous and not appropriate for a member of Congress and I think it is a good thing that the President is calling her up for those comments, and the big question is why Democrats don't do that, & # 39; Sanders.
Democrats hurried to defend the freshman lawmaker, one of the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress, and said that Trumd's focus on Omar could endanger her life.
And Omar hit back on the president in a series of explosive tweets on Saturday, insisting that she refrain from Trump's criticism and democracy continues to fight & defend & # 39; against the policies of his government.
Omar again became the subject of controversy last week after comments she made last month regarding the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
On Saturday, Omar went on Twitter to speak out against the President's attack, insisting that she & # 39; did not flee to Congress to remain silent & # 39 ;.
& # 39; This country was based on the ideas of justice, of freedom, of the pursuit of happiness. But these core beliefs are being threatened [from the Trump administration]& # 39; she wrote.
& # 39; Every day again. We are threatened by a government that would rather cage children than by a comprehensive reform of immigration. & # 39;
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Omar, who has been accused of anti-Semitism on several occasions, said that the anger surrounding the comments – which she thinks were taken out of context – stems from the fact that she is Muslim and not white
Trump tweeted & WE WILL NEVER NEED & # 39; with a video in which Omar showed that & # 39; some people did something & # 39 ;. 9/11 speech crossed with video about the disaster
The Minnesota Democrat would then indicate that Trump would rather be biased towards transgender members of the armed forces than "fight for equality and opportunities for everyone".
& # 39; I did not flee to Congress to remain silent. I didn't flee to the congress to sit on the sidelines, & she added. & # 39; I ran away because I believed it was time to give Congress moral clarity and courage. & # 39;
& No one can – no matter how corrupt, incapable or mean – threaten my unwavering love for America. I am fearless to continue to fight for equal opportunities in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans. & # 39;
Omar ended her exciting story by thanking those who continued to hold her in her fight to establish a & # 39; America we all deserve & # 39 ;.
The video shared by Trump on Friday showed only part of the speech by Omar and her co-democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was quick to reverse the president's outburst.
Ocasio-Cortez labeled the tweet as a & # 39; dangerous & # 39; statement of prejudice that could potentially cause harm to politicians who are already confronted with deadly death threats and assault.
& # 39; Members of Congress have a duty today to respond to the President's explicit attack, & # 39; tweeted Ocasio-Cortez Friday night. & # 39;[Ilhan Omar’s] life is in danger. For our colleagues to be silent is to be an accessory to the outright, dangerous approach of a member of Congress. We must speak. & # 39;
In addition to the demonstration, the New York Democratic also cried a photo of Martin Niemöller's famous poem & # 39; First they come … & # 39; Holocaust inspired and hangs on the wall of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.
The poem is: & # 39; First they came for the socialists, and I didn't speak – because I wasn't a socialist. Then they came for the union people and I didn't speak – because I wasn't a union man. Then they came for the Jews and I didn't speak – because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me. & # 39;
On Saturday, Omar went on Twitter with an explosive series of tweets in response to the President's attack, insisting she & # 39; did not go to congresses to remain silent & # 39;
AOC tweeted in defense of Omar with the famous poem & # 39; First they came … & # 39; by Martin Niemöller to condemn a tweet from the president on Friday
Despite the poem sharing the same theme & # 39; s with her tweet, Ocasio-Cortez aroused indignation online among critics who thought her use of Niemöller & # 39; s famous piece & # 39; disturbing & # 39; was in Omar's defense.
The indignation resulted from a number of remarks made by the Somali-American Democrat in recent months regarding Israel.
The criticism was first ignited after she suggested that US support for the Middle East & # 39; All about the Benjamins & # 39; is – which is interpreted by many as a nod to the intolerable squad that rich Jews control the world.
& # 39; There is something very disturbing about the fact that AOC makes Holocaust referrals to defend an open and unconverted anti-Semite that is only being criticized, & # 39; tweeted conservative commentator Ben Shapiro.
Federalist senior editor David Harasanyi added: & # 39; This is just a shameful attempt to calm the speech. It reduces both the real victims of 9/11 and the Holocaust. & # 39;
On Saturday, however, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hurried to defend Omar and said the president would not use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack.
In a statement released to US troops during her visit to Germany that & # 39; the memory of 9/11 is a sacred ground, and any discussion of this must be done with respect & # 39 ;. She said: & # 39; It is wrong that the president, as commander-in-chief, blows the flames to make someone less safe. & # 39;
Despite the poem with the same theme & # 39; s as her tweet, AOC has been widely shot by critics who believe that the Holocaust origin of & # 39; First They Came … & # 39; makes its use inappropriate in defense of Omar.
The outrage comes from a number of comments made by the Somali-American Democrat in recent months regarding Israel
In her speech to CAIR last month, Omar said: “We have lived far too long with the inconvenience of being a second-class citizen, and to be honest, I am tired of it and every Muslim in this country must be tired of it.
& # 39; CAIR was established after 9/11 because they recognized that some people were doing something and that we were all starting to lose access to our civil liberties. & # 39;
As the controversial remarks reappeared, Omar defended what she said, with an example by George W. Bush who made similar remarks in the aftermath of the tragedy and marked the difference in response.
Omar has said that the furore surrounding the comments – which she thinks were taken out of context – stems from the fact that she is Muslim and not white
& # 39; Was Bush trivialize the terrorist attack? What if he was a Muslim, & she asked on Twitter.
Progressive democrats, including Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren stood in line to support Omar.
They called the president's behavior & # 39; disgusting & # 39; and noted that Omar was already threatened with death.
Sanders said on Saturday: & # 39; Remember, George W. Bush, I didn't have much in common with him.
& # 39; What did he do a few days after 9/11, he went to a mosque. Do you remember that? He went to a mosque to say that criminals, terrorists, attacked the United States, not the Muslim community. That's what he did. It's true. We've had a president trying to divide us cheaply by the color of our skin … by our religion.
& # 39; By God, that's not what a president should do – we can't agree, for God's sake, that's democracy, but you don't have the president of the United States trying to force us to have undocumented migrants hate. You know, that's not what America should be about. & # 39;
The Washington Post noted for the first time that a few days after the attack, Bush once referred to the terrorists as & # 39; the people who knocked down these buildings & # 39; in comments to Ground Zero.
Omar migrated on the example in a tweet that was linked to the original article.
She had told a CAIR fundraiser that the organization was set up after 9/11 because they recognized that some people were doing something and that we were all starting to lose access to our civil liberties.
& # 39; So you can't just say that someone looks at me strangely today and that I make myself look nice. You have to say that this person looks at me strangely, that I'm not comfortable with it, and I'm going to talk to them and ask them why. Because that's the right you have, & she said.
Others have given a different interpretation of the use of the poem by AOC, accusing her of attempting to compare & # 39; the president of the United States with Adolf Hitler & # 39;
& # 39; Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President's explicit attack today, & # 39; tweeted Ocasio-Cortez on Friday and claimed that Omar's life was in danger
Rep. Ilhan Omar compared her controversial 9/11 comment with a George W. Bush made after the attack, suggesting Friday that he would have had a similar setback if he were a Muslim
The comments raised her new criticism because they have already endured the allegations that she is an anti-Semite.
& # 39; First congress member to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as & # 39; some people who have done something & # 39;, & # 39; said GOP Rep. Then Crenshaw in an accusing tweet. & # 39; Incredible. & # 39;
Brian Kilmeade from Fox & Friends said about the morning program that he is a co-hostess: & # 39; You have to wonder if she is an American. & # 39;
The New York Post on Thursday even went so far that a picture of one of the towers of the World Trade Center collapsed in a ball of flames, with the banner: & # 39; Rep. Ilhan Omar: 9/11 was & # 39; some people did something & # 39 ;.
The Washington Post fact checker pointed out that Bush once said something similar in a September 14, 2001 speech when he spoke to Ground Zero through a bullhorn.
Bush told rescue workers in an improvised speech by a megaphone that the nation is grieving victims of the attack on the Twin Towers.
& # 39; I can't hear you! & # 39; someone told him. Bush said: & # 39; I can hear you! I can hear you! You hear the rest of the world! And the people – and the people who have demolished these buildings – will hear all of us soon! & # 39;
It was part of Bush's deliberate attempt not to name the attackers as Muslims.
Three days after the improvised speech from the megaphone, Bush visited the Islamic Center of Washington D.C. to condemn attacks on Muslims.
He said: & # 39; The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. Islam is peace. These terrorists do not represent peace. They represent evil and war.
& # 39; Those who think they can intimidate our fellow citizens to dispel their anger do not represent the best of America, they represent the worst of humanity and they should be ashamed of that kind of behavior. & # 39;
Omar tied the dots on Friday and pointed out in a tweet that Bush was not under fire because he had designated the attackers as & # 39; people & # 39; instead of murderers or terrorists.
Bernie Sanders was the first major Democrat to follow in the footsteps of AOC on Friday evening
Elizabeth Warren was the next and tweeted to Sanders that they too were attacking Trump & # 39; disgusting & # 39; found
Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota went with her Senate colleague & # 39; s hours later to support Omar. She noted that she did not approve of the Congresswoman's comments, but found Trump's tweet offensive
Pelosi said at a press conference shortly after Omar sent the tweet that she was not yet connected to the congresswoman.
& # 39; I have not had the opportunity to talk to her to see the nature of her comment, and as my habit is with colleagues, I call them before I call them. So I'm looking forward to hearing from her, & she said. & # 39; She was in transit, we were trying to reach her, she was in transit. So I'll give some comment after I talk to her. & # 39;
Democrats were on a retreat in Northern Virginia on Thursday, where the comments, which were revealed in an 8 April video posted on Twitter, were a topic of discussion.
Ocasio-Cortez defended her colleague to reporters who brought out the retreat.
& # 39; We are reaching the level at which this is an incitement to violence against progressive women in color & # 39 ;, said the New York representative.
Ocasio-Cortez beat Crenshaw on Twitter for refusing to participate in the 9/11 victim's Cosponsor Fund, while being the & brutality of resentment against Ilhan with completely out-of-context statements & # 39; had.
She told the Texas congressman & # 39; to do something & # 39; about republicans who made insensitive remarks.
Sanders answered her call half an hour later. Vermont's senator and presidential candidate in 2020 said in a tweet: & Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. It will not fall back on Trump's racism and hatred, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must stop. & # 39;
Leftist Senate Elizabeth Warren, who is also looking for presidency, stood right behind her 2020 opponent with a tweet accusing Trump of inciting violence against a sitting congressman & # 39; and a whole group of Americans based on their religion.
& # 39; It's disgusting. It is shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it, & # 39; wrote the Massachusetts senator.
The New York Post even went so far as to splash a photo of one of the towers of the World Trade Center that collapsed in a flaming fire with the banner: & # 39; Rep. Ilhan Omar: 9/11 was & # 39; some people did something & # 39; & # 39;
Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota went with her Senate colleague & # 39; s hours later to support Omar. She noted that she did not approve of the Congresswoman's comments, but found Trump's tweet offensive.
The Democratic presidential candidate who shares her home state with Omar said: & Someone has already been accused of a serious threat to the life of Congresswoman Omar. The video that the president chose today will only evoke more hatred. You can't agree with her words – as I did before – but this video is wrong. Enough. & # 39;
Other candidates including Beto O & Rourke, Pete Buttigieg and Julián Castro also condemned Trump's attack on Omar.
Buttigieg, who served in the US Navy Reserve, tweeted: & I served overseas, at the risk of my life, in the fight against such terrorism. But it can only be completely defeated if we have leaders at home who have the capacity to sow hatred, hatred of Islam or some & # 39; others & # 39; defuse.
& # 39; The President has made America smaller today. It is not enough to condemn him; we have to model something better.
& # 39; The threats against @IlhanMN's life make clear what is at stake if we fail to do this and to defeat hatred in all its forms. & # 39;
Omar told about the threats of violence she had received while defending herself against the & # 39; double standard & # 39; she said to her, to host Colon Stephen Colbert earlier that week. Let her & # 39; be as American as everyone else & # 39; and suffers from anti-Islamic discrimination.
Ocasio-Cortez took on Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), who had destroyed Omar's comments and sent a short clip
Other candidates including Beto O & Rourke, Pete Buttigieg and Julián Castro also condemned Trump's attack on Omar
Last week police in New York arrested a man for having threatened to hit a & # 39; bullet in her & # 39; [expletive] skull. & # 39;
She told Colbert: & # 39; I have taken an oath – I have sworn an oath by the Constitution. I'm just as American as everyone else. & # 39;
The issue of whether or not to link Al Qaeda and other terrorist attacks, including 9/11 to Islam, became a campaign issue in 2016 when Trump accused Barack Obama of refusing & # 39; radical Islamic terrorism & # 39; to name.
He leveled the same charge against Hillary Clinton and accused her of & # 39; total denial & # 39; because he did not mention the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, as the work of a radical Islamic terrorist.
She tweeted: & # 39; Islam is not our opponent. Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing to do with terrorism. & # 39;
Trump said: & # 39; She is in total denial. And her constant reluctance to ever call the enemy emits weakness all over the world. & # 39;
However, when he made his first trip abroad as president of Saudi Arabia, the home of a majority of 9/11 attackers and his mastermind Osama bin Laden, he set a different tone.
& # 39; This is not a struggle between different religions, different sects or different civilizations, & # 39; said Trump. & # 39; This is a struggle between barbaric criminals who are trying to wipe out human life, and decent people of all religions who are trying to protect it. & # 39;