Pelosi says Trump using 9/11 images for 'political attack'

  • Pelosi says Trump using 9/11 images for 'political attack'

Pelosi says Trump using 9/11 images for 'political attack'

Politicians, activists and celebrities have joined an outpouring of support for United States congresswoman Ilhan Omar after President Donald Trump retweeted a video that was edited to suggest she was dismissive of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Some called Trump's move Islamophobic and an "incitement" to violence against the Somali-American politician, while others said it put her "life in danger". "It has to stop".

Bend the Arc, a Jewish lobby group, called the Trump's tweet "violent and unconscionable", while Rabbi Jill Jacobs said the president was "engaging in blatant Islamophobia".

"The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman-and an entire group of Americans based on their religion", Sen. Last week, a NY man was arrested and charged with threatening to kill the congresswoman.

In Minneapolis on Sunday, Sen.

"I think that (Omar) has a right to be safe as a member of Congress and she's already had a very serious threat on her life". Amy Klobuchar. "You can disagree with her words - as I have done before - but this video is wrong".

Nearly immediately, several Democratic leaders and political candidates lambasted Trump, with some accusing the president of inciting violence against Omar. "We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land".

The Muslim politician also tweeted a quote from former President George W Bush, who said days after the attacks: "The people - and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!" "Following the President's tweet, I spoke with the sergeant-at-arms to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff", she said.

On Friday, Trump tweeted a video suggesting that Omar, a USA representative from Minnesota, was dismissive of the September 11 attacks.

Asked on "Fox News Sunday" whether Trump is anxious he was inciting violence against Muslims or Omar, 37, a Somali-American who immigrated with her family to the USA as a teenager after living in a Kenyan refugee camp, Sanders said no.

Omar's critics denounced what they said was a flippant description of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.

Last Friday, Mr Trump tweeted a video that juxtaposed the snippet, which Ms Omar's fellow Democrats say was taken out of context, with images of the hijacked planes used in the attacks crashing into the Twin Towers that once dominated New York's skyline. "The disgusting and risky attacks against her must end". It remained lower in the feed after Pelosi requested that the video be pulled.

Trump reminded people of what Omar said. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that oversized outrage to Omar's comments was an attempt to silence a woman of color.

"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".