Minnesota Democratic Congressman Ilhan Omar vowed on Twitter on Twitter her "unwavering love" for America after President Trump and Conservatives had criticized their comments on 9/11.
"I did not run to silence the Congress," she wrote. "Nobody, no matter how corrupt, incapable or vicious, can threaten my unwavering love for America," she went on to say, without mentioning Trump directly. "Thank you for joining me – against a government that banished Muslims from this land – to fight for the America we all deserve."
On Friday, the president tweeted a video that used footage of 9/11 with comments Omar made at the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The 43-second video shows Omar saying, "Some people have hit something," referring to terrorists who killed thousands as they topped planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. In the video featuring dramatic music and video about the chaos of downtown Manhattan, the following questions are asked: "Some people have met something?"
But it does not show the entirety of Omar's comments.
"We've lived with the discomfort of being second-class citizens for far too long, and frankly, I'm tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it," Omar told CAIR in California last March. "CAIR was founded after 9/1
Omar said the September 11 attacks had changed the way Muslims viewed America, and encouraged Muslims not to be treated as "second-class citizens."
But the conservatives considered Omar's comments dismissive of September 11th.
"The first member of Congress, the terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on September 11, as" some people who did something. "Incredible," wrote Republican Republican Dan Crenshaw.
Democrats quickly stepped up to Omar's defense, suggesting that the president's tweet had taken Omar's words out of context and potentially put Omar at risk. Last week, a man was arrested for threatening to kill Omar because she is a Muslim.
Nancy Pelosi spokeswoman has tweeted that the president should not use 9/11 images for political purposes.
"The memory of 9/11 is a sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with awe, and the President should not use the painful images of September 11 for a political attack," Pelosi wrote.
Democratic newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez urged the Democrats to respond to Trump's tweet, saying that Omar's "life is in danger".
"Members of Congress are required to respond to today's explicit attack by the President. @ IlhanMN's life is in danger. For our colleagues, silence is a conspiracy for the direct and dangerous orientation of a member of the Congress, "wrote Ocasio-Cortez.
Democratic presidential candidates also back Trump's tweet.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, and South Bend, Indiana mayor, Pete Buttigieg, accused the president of provoking hatred and violence.
"Someone has already been charged with serious threats to the life of Congressman Omar," Klobuchar wrote. "The video that the president sent out today will only cause more hatred. They can not agree with their words – as I have done before – but this video is wrong. Enough. "
Buttigieg has tweeted:"
"After September 11, we all said we were changed," he wrote in a series of tweets. "That we were stronger and united. That's why it was "never forgotten". Now a president is using this dark day to base his base against a member of Congress as if it were for sport. As if we had learned nothing about the work of hatred that day. "
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, tweeted: "Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She will not resort to Trump's racism and hatred and we will not. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against them must come to an end. "
It's not the first time that Omar's comments have sparked controversy. Shortly after taking office, Omar accused Israel of having too much power in Washington for his powerful financial lobbying and questioned the loyalty of some Jewish Americans.
"I want to talk about the political influence in this country, which says it's OK for people to be loyal to a foreign country," Omar said. Her comments were criticized as anti-Semitic and accuse some Jewish people. He had allegiance to both America and Israel. Omar apologized for her comment, but sparked a split between the Democrats and even voted in parliament to denounce anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and homophobia, among others.