Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated Sunday she has taken steps to make sure the protection of Rep. Ilhan Omar after President Donald Trump’s retweet of a video that purports to indicate the Minnesota Democrat being dismissive of the Sept. 11 terrorist assaults.
The California Democrat additionally known as on Trump to take down the video. Quickly after her public request, the video was not pinned atop Trump’s Twitter feed, but it surely was not deleted.
Pelosi was amongst Democrats who had criticized Trump over the tweet, with some accusing him of making an attempt to incite violence towards the Muslim lawmaker. An upstate New York man not too long ago was charged with making demise threats towards her.
White Home press secretary Sarah Sanders defended Trump earlier Sunday, saying the president has an obligation to spotlight Omar’s historical past of creating feedback that others deem anti-Semitic or in any other case offensive and that he wished no “unwell will” upon the first-term lawmaker.
Pelosi issued a press release whereas touring in London saying she had spoken with congressional authorities “to make sure that Capitol Police are conducting a safety evaluation to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her household and her workers.”
Pelosi stated officers will proceed to watch and assess threats towards Omar, and known as on Trump to discourage such conduct.
“The President’s phrases weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates actual hazard,” Pelosi stated. “President Trump should take down his disrespectful and harmful video.”
The video in Trump’s tweet on Friday included a snippet from a latest speech Omar gave to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, by which she described the 2001 terrorist assault on the World Commerce Middle as “some folks did one thing,” together with information footage of the hijacked airplanes hitting the Twin Towers. Trump captioned his tweet with: “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”
Critics accuse Omar of being flippant in describing the perpetrators of the assaults that killed almost 3,000 folks. She later sought to defend herself by tweeting a quote from President George W. Bush, by which the Republican president referred to the attackers as “folks” simply days after 9/11.
Neither Trump’s tweet nor the video included Omar’s full quote or the context of her feedback, which had been about Muslims feeling that their civil liberties had eroded after the assaults. The tweet was posted atop Trump’s Twitter feed for a lot of Sunday, with greater than 9 million views. It remained decrease within the feed after Pelosi requested that the video be pulled.
Sanders questioned why Democrats weren’t following Trump’s instance and calling out Omar, too. Democrats who criticized the president over the tweet defended Omar, with some noting their previous disagreements together with her.
“Actually the president is wishing no unwell will and positively not violence in direction of anybody, however the president is totally and must be calling out the congresswoman for her — not just one time — however historical past of anti-Semitic feedback,” Sanders stated. “The larger query is why aren’t Democrats doing the identical factor? It’s completely abhorrent the feedback that she continues to make and has made and so they look the opposite method.”
Omar repeatedly has pushed fellow Democrats into uncomfortable territory with feedback about Israel and the power of the Jewish state’s affect in Washington. She apologized for suggesting that lawmakers assist Israel for pay and stated she isn’t criticizing Jews. However she refused to take again a tweet by which she recommended American supporters of Israel “pledge allegiance” to a international nation.
Rep. Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat who represents Manhattan’s monetary district, which was focused on 9/11, stated he had no points with Omar’s characterization of the assault.
“I’ve had some issues with a few of her different remarks, however not — however not with that one,” he stated.
Sanders commented on “Fox Information Sunday” and ABC’s “This Week.” Nadler appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union.