Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Pelosi asks for extra security for Ilhan Omar after Trump tweet

Pelosi asks for extra security for Ilhan Omar after Trump tweet

After Trump-who, by the way, callously (and falsely) bragged on the afternoon of September 11, 2001 that he now owned the tallest building in Manhattan-posted the video, Congresswoman Omar says she "experienced an increase in direct threats on my life ― many directly referencing or replying to the President's 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 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.

A number of prominent Democrats have condemned President Donald Trump for quoting Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-Minn.) dismissive description of the 9/11 terrorist attacks while at the same time, haven't disavowing the content of their colleague's remarks.

"This is endangering lives", she said, accusing Mr Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism.

On Sunday, Pelosi asked House officials to review security measures meant to protect Representative Omar after President Trump's tweet.

The relentless attacks from the media, particularly from the stable of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, was followed by President Donald Trump tweeting what can only be described as an incendiary video, in which footage of the 9/11 attacks on New York City is interwoven with Omar's words; the attacks on the Congresswoman moved from the obtuse and the absurd to the downright unsafe.

Cair, she said, was founded "because they recognised that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties".

While many have likewise "admonished" Pelosi for failing to mention Omar by name in her chastisement of Trump (at least initially), the outrage over Pelosi's purported cowardice belies the fact that most of the disgust for Trump has little to do with protecting Omar and more to do with the politics of spectacle that has become the lifeblood of the American news cycle.

"Certainly the president is wishing no ill will and certainly not violence towards anyone", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told Fox News Sunday.

"President Trump must take down his disrespectful and risky video", she said, adding that security officials are reviewing Ms Omar's protection and "will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces". "It has to stop", she added.

Donald Trump escalated his attack on congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Monday, saying she was "out of control" and criticizing Democrats for coming to her defense.

'Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on the rise in this country and around the world, ' she said. I thank the Capitol Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the Speaker of the House for their attention to these threats. "We will never forget", the video reads.

Ms Omar, a Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota, has been at the center of an escalating row following a speech she made about Islamophobia in which she was accused by conservatives of downplaying the deadliest attacks on USA soil by characterising the event as "some people did something".

She later sought to defend herself by tweeting a quote from President George W. Bush, in which the Republican president referred to the attackers as "people" just days after 9/11.

Some Democrats accuse Trump of stirring up the same kind of Islamophobia that Omar was decrying.

'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". She apologised for suggesting that lawmakers support Israel for pay and said she isn't criticising Jews. She has repeatedly pushed fellow Democrats into uncomfortable territory with comments about Israel and the strength of the Jewish state's influence in Washington. Nadler appeared on CNN's "State of the Union".

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