Capitol Hill Police Scrambles To Protect Rep. Ilhan Omar After Trump’s ‘Dangerous’ Tweet
On Sunday, Capitol Hill security moved to protect Rep. Ilhan Omar’s safety after a Trump tweet targetting the congresswoman.
Trump’s dangerous tweet prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to contact the Sergeant at Arms of the House to ensure the safety of the Minnesota lawmaker.
“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. They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces,” Pelosi said in a statement.
Pelosi also called on Trump to take down the video, which she called “disrespectful and dangerous.”
“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 said.
Trump on Friday tweeted a video including images of Sept. 11 and comments Omar made regarding the attack and the safety of Muslims in its aftermath. The video featured footage of the burning World Trade Center and was denounced by many Democrats as Islamophobic and as endangering Omar’s life.
Omar said during the speech, held last month at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, that CAIR was founded because “some people did something” and Muslims “were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
CAIR was founded in 1994, but Omar’s office has said meant to say that the organization grew following the 9/11 attacks.
Here’s Trump’s tweet:
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
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