US congresswoman Ilhan Omar has reportedly said that her life is in danger after the president tweeted a video suggesting she was dismissive of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Donald Trump’s tweet has been heavily criticized and accused by some of inciting violence against Ms.Omar, who became one of the first Muslim women to sit in Congress in January.
The video included a snippet from a recent speech Ms. Omar gave to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in which she described the September 11, 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. Mr. Trump shared the video along with the caption: “we will never forget!”
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Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House Speaker, called for Donald Trump to take down the video and said that she has taken steps to ensure Ms. Omar’s safety.
“The President’s words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger,” Ms. Pelosi said in a statement.
Soon after Ms. Pelosi’s statement, the video disappeared as a pinned tweet at the top of Donald Trump’s Twitter feed but it has not been deleted. It has had more than 10 million views since it was posted.
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Donald Trump also lashed out at Ms. Pelosi, tweeting on Monday: “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 Trump added.
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