In response to a recent video shared by President Trump, which condemned Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar’s remarks on the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with Capitol Police regarding Omar’s safety.
“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,” said Pelosi.
The House Speaker said “The President’s words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger,” and demanded Trump “must take down his disrespectful and dangerous video.”
On Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders implied that the president will not back down, and called out Democrats for their handling of the incident.
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Per Slate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has spoken with officers in charge of security on Capitol Hill to make sure Rep. Ilhan Omar will be safe after President Trump tweeted a graphic and misleading video targeting the Democratic lawmaker. “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. They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces,” Pelosi said in a statement.
Pelosi once again called on Trump to take down the video that spliced images of the September 11, 2001 attack and comments Omar made in a speech. “The President’s words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger. President Trump must take down his disrespectful and dangerous video,” Pelosi said. The House speaker had come under fire from some of her fellow Democrats for her earlier statement that condemned the video without actually mentioning Omar.
Hearing from Trump’s allies though it doesn’t seem like the president is ready to back down. Speaking on two Sunday talk shows, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders characterized Trump’s attacks on the Democratic lawmaker as justified.
“Why is she brushing this off dismissively? She continues to make anti-Semitic comments over and over again and Democrats refuse to call her out for it,” Sanders said on “Fox News Sunday.” “If she continues to do it, the president will continue to call her out—call her out by name. And he’s not going to be ashamed, nor should he be.” Sanders went on to say she was “glad” the president is “calling her out and holding” the freshman lawmaker “accountable.”
Speaking on ABC’s This Week, Sanders also said that even though Omar’s comments were “unbefitting for a member of Congress,” Trump isn’t wishing violence against anyone. “Certainly the president is wishing no ill will, and certainly not violence towards anyone,” Sanders said. “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 also characterized “the comments she continues to make and has made” as “absolutely abhorrent.”
Market Watch reported that Trump has weighed in on the most recent controversy involving Rep. Ilhan Omar, retweeting video edited to suggest that the Minnesota Democrat was dismissive of the significance of the Sept. 11 attacks.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the president “shouldn’t use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack.”
The video pulls a snippet of Omar’s speech last month to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in which she described the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center as “some people did something,” as well as news footage of the hijacked planes hitting the towers. Trump on Friday tweeted, “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
The media and Democrats reacted to President Trump’s tweet, which used Ilhan Omar’s own words, by suggesting he was “endangering” her life.
The President is actively and willfully endangering the life of a member of Congress.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 12, 2019
This sentiment seems odd, especially considering how Democrats and the media have incited so much violence and hatred against President Trump every day.
Yea, he should really stop quoting her directly.
By your stupid logic does all of your network’s insane leftist commentary and lies over the last 2 years “actively and willfully” endanger the life of the President?
Asking for people who actually like America and Americans. https://t.co/8gyGxb6zIs
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 13, 2019
Shut up, Chris. Enough with this.
You want to criticize Trump or say his criticism of Omar is unfair? Fine.
If you're going to suggest it endangers her, then you have to explain how your and her attacks on Trump don't endanger him. It's a blatant and garbage double standard. https://t.co/AreUO5AKiJ
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) April 12, 2019
Just so we are clear on basic notions of reality:
When someone calls out a public official for things they said, it is not endangering their life or inciting violence.
Claiming otherwise is just an attempt to silence your critics.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 13, 2019