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16 April 2019, 07:42 | Glen Norman
Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar
According to a senior Democratic aide, Pelosi called for the review based on dozens of threats made on Omar's life even before Trump posted the video on Friday. "President Trump must take down his disrespectful and unsafe video", Pelosi added, as quoted by Haaretz.
"CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties. for far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I'm exhausted of it and every single Muslim in the country should be exhausted of it", she said.
The White House's decision to double down on Ms Ilhan Omar came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the country's most powerful Democrat, said she had spoken to the authorities about her colleague's safety and urged Mr Trump to delete the clip.
Some called Trump's move Islamophobic and an "incitement" to violence against the Somali-American politician, while others said it put her "life in danger".
While many have likewise "admonished" Pelosi for failing to mention Omar by name in her chastisement of Trump (at least initially), the outrage over Pelosi's purported cowardice belies the fact that most of the disgust for Trump has little to do with protecting Omar and more to do with the politics of spectacle that has become the lifeblood of the American news cycle.
Sanders, however, defended Trump, telling ABC television's "This Week" that "the president is wishing no ill will and certainly not violence towards anyone".
Given that Omar, a proud-scarf-wearing-Black-Muslim-refugee-from-Somalia, says what no one in the establishment ever wants to hear, the right wing media have found it imperative to skew and distort her words at any given opportunity.
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Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of NY, said Sunday that the snippet of Omar's speech used by Trump came from extended remarks about discrimination against Muslim Americans after the September 11 attacks.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in her office at the Capitol in Washington, April 10, 2019.
Omar has faced a slew of attacks and death threats in recent weeks, along with ongoing criticisms since she made scathing comments against Israel, and now with comments she made on the September 11 attacks. On Sunday, Pelosi said she had asked US Capitol police and the House sergeant-at-arms to conduct a "security assessment to safeguard" Omar and her family.
'Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on the rise in this country and around the world, ' she said.
He asserted, without evidence, that Omar was "out of control, except for her control of Nancy!"
Trump captioned his tweet with: 'WE WILL NEVER FORGET!'
Critics accuse Ms Omar of being flippant in describing the perpetrators of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.
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She later sought to defend herself by tweeting a quote from President George W. Bush, in which the Republican president referred to the attackers as "people" just days after 9/11.
Neither Mr Trump's tweet nor the video included Ms Omar's full quote or the context of her comments, which were about Muslims feeling that their civil liberties had been eroded after the attacks.
Independent Senator Bernie Sanders who is also a Democratic presidential candidate, wrote on Twitter: "Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage".
The under-a-minute video Mr Trump posted did not include Rep Omar's comments in context.
"I find her comments to be absolutely disgraceful and unbefitting of a member of Congress and I think that it's a good thing that the President is calling her out for those comments, and the big question is why aren't Democrats doing it as well".
"I took an oath to uphold the Constitution", she said. "He's actually speaking out against it", Sanders said on Fox.
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