Ilhan Omar says death threats have increased since Trump tweet

"It has to stop".

Her statement followed an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she has taken steps to ensure the safety of Omar, and the speaker's call for Trump to take down the video.

Appearing on CNN Saturday, Trump campaign board member Steve Rogers attempted to put distance between what the president says or tweets and any violence that may subsequently occur.

"The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman-and an entire group of Americans based on their religion", Democratic Massachusetts Sen. An upstate NY man recently was charged with making death threats against her.

High-profile Democrats, including 2020 presidential contenders, were quick to come to Omar's defense.

"Someone has already been charged with a serious threat on Congresswoman Omar's life", Klobuchar said.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Omar "won't back down to Trump's racism and hate, and neither will we". "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".

Pelosi said in her statement 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". Representative Omar is receiving countless death threats as the president of the United States is inciting violence against a Black Muslim sitting member of congress, putting her life at risk.

"The President's words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger", she added.

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar spoke out Saturday after days of being a target of derision from President Trump and others, and one week after the arrest of a NY man accused of threatening to kill the representative from Minnesota.

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Ilhan Omar by tweeting a video that spliced a comment she made about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with footage from the attacks.

In the tweet accompanying the Omar video, Trump wrote: "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!"

Omar's critics denounced what they said was a flippant description of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.

Friday's tweet wasn't the first attack by Trump on Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

On April 5, a western NY man who told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents that he "loves the President, and that he hates radical Muslims in our government", was arrested for threatening to murder Omar in a phone call to her office.

Pelosi demanded that Trump take down the post, which had been pinned at the top of his Twitter feed since Friday. It remained lower in the feed after Pelosi requested that the video be pulled.

Sanders questioned why Democrats weren't following Trump's example and calling out Omar, too.

Omar's original remarks warned that peaceful Muslims were demonized after the 9/11 attacks, and that is a legitimate concern. "It's absolutely abhorrent the comments that she continues to make and has made and they look the other way". House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said he had no issue with how Omar characterized 9/11.

"I have had some problems with some of her other remarks, but not - but not with that one", he said. "He's actually speaking out against it", Sanders said on Fox.

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