The Somali-American Congresswoman has been subject to threats since Donald Trump tweeted an old video of her.
Trump had again put Ihan Omar, a 37-year-old Congresswoman, in the spotlight when he drew attention to her comments at an American-Relations event in Los Angeles. She said “some people did something” when referring to the 9/11 attacks on that killed nearly 3,000 people.
Trump had posted a tweet reading “WE WILL NEVER FORGET” over a clip which repeats Omar’s comments amid footage of planes crashing into the Twin Towers and distressed phone calls from people in the buildings. The short video in the tweet has been viewed almost 10 million times.
Critics have said Omar’s comments had been used out of context to paint her as being flippant about the 9/11 attacks.
JUST IN: Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls on President Trump to take down Rep. Ilhan Omar video, expresses concern about Omar's safety.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 14, 2019
Police asked to conduct a security assessment for Omar
In a statement from London, where she is meeting with UK Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn, Pelosi said she had spoken to authorities about her concern for Omar’s safety.
“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 wrote. “They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces.”
“The President’s words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger. President Trump must take down his disrespectful and dangerous video.”
Pelosi had previously condemned Trump’s response to Omar on Twitter. “The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence,” she had tweeted. “The President shouldn’t use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack.”
At time of writing, the video in question remained on Trump’s twitter feed though he had ‘unpinned’ it, meaning it is no longer fixed at the top of his feed.
"The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence. The President shouldn't use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said https://t.co/2ZNvKYtIju
— CNN (@CNN) April 13, 2019
Omar has previously faced threats to her safety
In her short time in Congress, Omar has already been at odds with her Democrats colleagues on some issues, though many were quick to condemn Trump for his attack her on this issue. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, from New York, said that President Trump “has no moral authority to be talking about 9/11.”
White House press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied Trump was inciting violence towards Omar.
“Certainly the President is wishing no ill will and certainly not violence towards 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,” she told ABC’s This Week.
One man has already been charged with threatening to murder Omar during a call to her New York office. She said she has faced a number of threats since being elected in the mid-term elections last year.