House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday she'd asked the US Capitol Police to provide more protection for Representative Ilhan Omar after President Donald Trump tweeted a video of the lawmaker intercut with images of the september 11 terror attacks on the US.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requested a security review over the weekend, saying that "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".
Omar has been at the center of an escalating row after a clip emerged of her characterizing the deadliest attack on United States soil as "some people did something". "She might have some opinions, but that shouldn't put her in a position that we attack her", said Abdullahi Farah, a Somali-American who attended the rally.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in the Oval Office on April 11.
Some Democrats accuse Trump of stirring up the same kind of Islamophobia that Omar was decrying.
"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 this country should be exhausted of it", she said at the event.
Since the president's tweet Friday evening, I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life - many directly referencing or replying to the president's video.
"The president's words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger", Pelosi said. Everybody who got worked up about Omar was stoking unfounded outrage.
Acknowledging that support, Omar said in a tweet on Saturday, "Thank you for standing with me - against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country - to fight for the America we all deserve". "We will never forget", the video reads.
Ms Sanders, however, defended Mr Trump, telling ABC television's This Week that "the President is wishing no ill will and certainly not violence towards anyone".
Critics accuse Ms Omar of being flippant in describing the perpetrators of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.
"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 this country should be exhausted of it", she said. She later sought to defend herself by tweeting a quote from former U.S. President George W. Bush.
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. It has had more than 10 million views since it was posted.
Inside at the tax event, Trump railed against the USA immigration system and what he called its "horrible and foolish loopholes".
In the speech, Omar had used the phrase "some people did something" in reference to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, language that conservatives argued played down the significance of the incident. And they were doing it hypocritically, since this is the kind of thing each side tends to hate when the other side does it.
Following Omar's speech to CAIR, the New York Post newspaper ran a front-page headline that said, "here's your something", along with a photo of the World Trade Center in flames.
But, she added: "The president is absolutely and should be calling out the congresswoman for her not only one-time but history of anti-Semitic comments".
Celebrities, activists and politicians, including many who have criticised Omar in the past for comments on Israel, came to Omar's defence under #IStandWithIlhanOmar.
What further proof other than the relentless attacks on Omar is needed to illustrate that nearly 18 years after 9/11, American Muslims are neither safe from violence nor free from suspicion and blame; whether they are selling hot dogs from a food truck or sitting in Congress.
'I have had some problems with some of her other remarks, but not - but not with that one, ' Nadler said.