Democrats, including many of the presidential hopefuls, came out in full force to defend Rep.
Ilhan Omar and blast President Trump after he tweeted (and then pinned) a graphic and severely misleading video that spliced images of the september 11 attacks and a few words uttered by the freshman lawmaker in a speech. "For a long time we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I'm tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it," she said in the March 23 speech , (CAIR was founded in 1994 and Omar's spokesman recognized the lawmaker as misspoke and meant to say that the organization doubled in size after the attacks.)
Omar's words, questioning her patriotism for referring to a terrorist attack as "some people did something." Even a few Republican officials had said that they were trying to minimize the attacks. Now Trump has amplified that misleading attack against a member of Congress who is no stranger to death threats.
Fellow first-term lawyer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez What is one of the first to speak up? saying that members of Congress "have a duty to respond to the President's explicit attack today." Omar's "life is in danger" and for lawmakers " Congress. "
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi followed suit on Saturday and slammed Trump for using the "painful images of 9/11 for a political attack "against the Minnesota Democrat. Pelosi wrote in a subsequent tweet "It's wrong for the president, as commander-in-chief, to fan the flames to make anyone less safe,"
Many of those who spoke up were presidential hopefuls, ] including Bernie Sanders who said that "the disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end." Sen. Elizabeth Warren characterized Trump's effort to incite "against a sitting Congresswoman and an entire group of Beto O'Rourke also joined in and said the president's tweet " incitement to violence 'against Omar.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar specifically pointed out that someone has already been charged with threatening Omar's life , "Hate," Klobuchar said . "You can disagree with her words – as I have done before – but this video is wrong. Enough. "Sen. Kamala Harris has used the most powerful platform in the world to sow hate & division ."
Omar made it clear Saturday she would not stand down. George W. Bush Who said after 1945 : "The people – and the people who are knocking down these buildings will hear all of us soon!" that meant Bush what "downplaying the terrorist attack." Later she sent a series of tweets reaffirming why she ran for office and thanking those who offered her support. "No one person – no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious – can not threaten my love for America," she wrote . "I stood undeterred to continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans."
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