Pelosi asks police to protect Ilhan Omar after Trump attack

Pelosi asks police to protect Ilhan Omar after Trump attack

On Friday, Trump tweeted "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!" with a 43-second edited video that featured Omar's remarks at an address to the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) last month, the country's largest Muslim advocacy organization.

On Friday, Trump tweeted a video that juxtaposed the snippet - which Omar's fellow Democrats say was taken out of context - with images of the hijacked planes used in the attacks crashing into the World Trade Center's twin towers that once dominated New York's skyline.

Rep. Andr Carson, who along with Omar is one of only three Muslim members of Congress, said on the call that he believes that such a security review is "long overdue" and said that the Sergeant at Arms, he believes, has been "too slow" to respond to death threats because the believes they don't have the "capacity" at this point.

"CAIR was founded after 9/11", she added, "because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties".

But her stay has coincided with an ugly war of words that has pitted Trump against the new breed of Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar.

Ms Omar said she had experienced "an increase in direct threats on my life", adding: "It has to stop".

"First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as 'some people who did something, '" Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, said on Twitter.

The tweet, which had been posted to the top of Mr Trump's Twitter feed on Sunday, was removed after Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made the request to the White House, but is still viewable on his feed.

The normalisation of anti-Muslim racism is not something that emerged with Trump.

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Omar said in a statement posted on Twitter Sunday that numerous increased threats she had received were "directly referencing or replying to the President's video". "So numerous things Trump has been speaking against, and he had campaigned for the office [of the president]".

The White House has defended its right to criticize Omar for what it calls past "anti-Semitic, anti-Israel" statements by her.

Lawmakers from Trump's Republican Party have accused Omar of minimizing the September 11 attacks, while critics of the president say he took Omar's words out of context in order to stoke anti-Muslim sentiment.

Also speaking on a pro-Israel gathering of AIPAC, Bedier said that nearly all speakers spoke against Omar.

The tweet showed Ms Omar talking to a US-Muslim group about the 9/11 attacks. She thanked Pelosi, the Capitol Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the House sergeant at arms for taking the threats against her seriously. The disgusting and unsafe attacks against her must end.

Pelosi's trip to Europe followed a two-day conference of the House Democratic Caucus at which she was at pains to maintain that the Democrats must continue to work with the Trump administration.

Congresswoman Omar has become a lightning rod for criticism following her 2018 election.

"We are all Americans".

Omar mounted a trenchant fightback, tweeting Saturday: "No one person - no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious - can threaten my unwavering love for America".

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