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story.lead_photo.caption Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that she has asked the U.S. Capitol Police to increase its protection of Rep. Ilhan Omar after President Donald Trump tweeted a video of the Minnesota Democrat spliced with footage of the burning twin towers.

"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," Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement. "They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces."

Trump's tweet on Friday prompted accusations from some Democrats that he was engaging in Islamophobia, inciting violence and politicizing one of America's gravest tragedies.

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 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. Trump captioned his tweet with: "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!"

Critics accuse Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, of being flippant in describing the perpetrators of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. Omar, who immigrated with her family to the U.S. as a teenager after living in a Kenyan refugee camp, sought to defend herself by tweeting a quote from President George W. Bush, in which the Republican referred to the attackers as "people" just days after 9/11.

Neither Trump's tweet nor the video included Omar's full quote or the context of her comments, which were about Muslims feeling that their civil liberties had eroded after the attacks.

Pelosi had come under criticism from some Democrats, including Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, for an earlier statement in which she condemned the video Trump shared but made no mention of Omar.

On Sunday, in addition to mentioning Omar, Pelosi called on Trump to "take down his disrespectful and dangerous video." Soon after her public request, the video was no longer pinned atop Trump's Twitter feed, but it was not deleted.

"The President's words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger," she said.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat who represents Manhattan's financial district, which was targeted on 9/11, said he had no issues with Omar's characterization of the attack.

"I have had some problems with some of her other remarks, but not -- but not with that one," he said.

"She just said that, after that happened, it was used as an excuse for lots of discrimination and for withdrawal of civil liberties," Nadler said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump earlier Sunday, saying the president has a duty to highlight Omar's history of making comments that others deem anti-Semitic or otherwise offensive.

"Certainly the president is wishing no ill will and certainly not violence toward anyone, 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 said. "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."

Sanders commented on Fox News Sunday and ABC's This Week. Nadler appeared on CNN's State of the Union.

Earlier this month, a man in New York was arrested and charged with threatening to kill Omar, whom he described as a "terrorist," prosecutors said. He also told FBI agents that he loves Trump, "and that he hates radical Muslims in our government," authorities said. The next day, Trump criticized Omar during a speech to a conservative Jewish group, declaring that she "doesn't like Israel."

Information for this article was contributed by Felicia Sonmez and Colby Itkowitz of The Washington Post; by Darlene Superville of The Associated Press; and by Ros Krasny of Bloomberg News.

Photo by AP
House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.

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  • wowy
    April 15, 2019 at 7:48 a.m.

    What a disgraceful lot these dimwitted communists are.

  • CharlesJohnson
    April 15, 2019 at 8:34 a.m.

    Nancy Pelosi should duct tape Omar's mouth shut and quit calling President Trump Islamophobic. No one in the USA agrees with her or Omar or any of her ilk. Sadly the lazy media reporters dote on her every word because they have a very low work ethic and can make a days pay by quoting the ignorance of both ladies.

  • RobertBolt
    April 15, 2019 at 9:08 a.m.

    charlesjohnson, you don't speak for everyone in the USA. I agree with much of what Omar says and defend her right to say the rest. She certainly said nothing legitimately objectionable in this instance, and those who back Islamophobic Trump's words have absolutely no room for self-righteousness when it comes to language used by others.

  • glh05230944
    April 15, 2019 at 9:24 a.m.

    Another example of Potus' increasing mental illness.

  • ZeebronZ
    April 15, 2019 at 9:27 a.m.

    @RobertBolt-she can say whatever she wants, but she is not immune from the consequences. All the "some people" she referred to had one thing in common, they were all muslim. Just like her. Islamophobic? Are you "Serpentophobic" if you don't trust a snake because you know some are poisonous? The difference between snakes and muslims is, you can tell which snakes are poisonous. Liberals use the term islamophobia to cover their own inability to accept that such people may well be a threat personally as well as to every country they have ever existed in. I expect that inability or lack of the intestinal fortitude to do so is a "better red than dead" mentality from the 60s. ie cowardice.

  • RobertBolt
    April 15, 2019 at 9:50 a.m.

    Considering the ideologies of most perpetrators of domestic terrorism and the characteristics of their US targets in the past few years, Trump supporters, Islamophobes, and white nationalists are a much greater threat to our public safety than are progressives, Islamophiles, and anti-Fascists.

  • GeneralMac
    April 15, 2019 at 9:54 a.m.

    When I first heard that Keith Ellison would no longer be a US Representative from Minnesota's 5th district, I thought........" GREAT ! They can't possibly elect someone worse"

    I was wrong !

  • GeneralMac
    April 15, 2019 at 10:10 a.m.


    great response to BOLTAR !

  • Seitan
    April 15, 2019 at 10:53 a.m.

    zeebronz, so how do you tell the difference between snakes and christian white-supremacists/neo-nazis? Robertbolt is correct: they are far more dangerous here at home. Facts back this up. 100% of terrorists attacks in the USA in 2018 were domestic and related to white nationalists...who are christians.

    April 15, 2019 at 11:46 a.m.

    Yet another case of a far left idiot saying something incredibly stupid and then not running from being responsible for it. They get great cover from the Dems and the media. Trump uses video of her OWN statement and the media makes it all about Trump instead of her anti-American, anti-responsibility comments.
    She has every right to say anything she wants to say. But she must own it and the Dems must own her.