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"Her Life Is in Danger": Dems Urged to Speak Out After Trump's Latest Attack on Ilhan Omar

"The president is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Andrea Germanos

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) rallies with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the U.S. Capitol March 08, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Members of Congress are being urged to speak out against President Donald Trump's latest attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar—one some are characterizing as an incitement of violence against her.

The call is in response to an edited video the president posted on Twitter Friday afternoon. As of this writing, the president has that tweet pinned.

In the video, a short phrase the Minnesota Democrat uttered at a speech last month—"some people did something"—is repeated three times, interspersed with footage of the aftermath of 9/11 in an effort to portray her as minimizing the attacks.

The manipulation of the comments she made to the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) comes after they were already pounced upon this week by some Republican lawmakers and right-wing media, who used them to incite hatred. It also caps off a week in which Trump encouraged the idea that Omar is somehow "assaulting Jews" and in which Omar faced a death threat from a Trump supporter.

"Trump's attacks on Representative Ilhan Omar are horrendous and continue to put her life in danger after she has already faced numerous death threats in recent months," said Waleed Shahid—communications director for progressive advocacy group Justice Democrats— in a statement Saturday. Democratic Party leaders, he added, should do more "to fight back on behalf of the new generation of leaders under constant attack by the right-wing war machine."

"There's a 200 mph ideological right-wing war machine coming after Ilhan Omar" as well as fellow freshmen members of Congress and women of color Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), he told MSNBC on Thursday.

Pressley was among the progressive lawmakers denouncing the president's video compilation. "The occupant of the @WhiteHouse is putting her, her family, her team & Muslim Americans across the country in jeopardy," she said.

Tlaib also called on "more Democrats to speak up."

While Speaker Nancy Pelosi steered clear of mentioning Omar by name in her reaction to Trump's tweet, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass. ) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)—both contenders for the 2020 Democratic ticket—were clear in joining the chorus of condemnation:

"The Democratic Party leadership," said Shahid, "must tell the voters of America that Trump seeks to divide and conquer America through racism, religious bigotry, and other forms of hate for a purpose so that working people can't come together across our differences to take on billionaires like Trump himself and fight for healthcare for all Americans."

Evan Weber of the youth-led Sunrise Movement had a similar take:

Other observers saw Trump's tweet as an opportunity to remind the public of how the president viewed the 9/11 attacks at the time:


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