Trump blasts Pelosi, Omar after 9/11 video controversy


As President Trump is scolded by Democratic leadership for tweeting an incendiary video that attacks freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her comments on 9/11, CNN's Jeffrey Toobin pointed out on Monday that it's not a "coincidence" that Trump often targets "people of color".

In his recent tweet, the president berated Omar for her "anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements", insisting that "she is out of control, except for her control of Nancy [Pelosi]". Instead, she blamed Democrats for refusing "to call" Omar for what she termed anti-Semitic comments.

"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", said Pelosi in a statement.

Prominent Democrats including Beto O'Rourke, Kamala Harris and Omar's fellow first-time Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have rushed to Omar's defense, accusing the president and other Republicans of deliberately taking her remarks out of context and endangering her life.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), another 2020 contender, also claimed that Trump was "inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman-and an entire group of Americans based on their religion".

Pelosi also called on Trump to take down the video, which she described "disrespectful" and "dangerous".

Omar has come under repeated attacks from Republican media pundits and lawmakers, and even some Democrats, after she made statements questioning the USA relationship with Israel, which some painted as anti-Semitic.

"Some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties".

CAIR was founded in 1994, but according to its website, its membership skyrocketed after September 11, 2001.

"The President's words weigh a tonne, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger", she said in a statement while travelling in London.

While addressing Rep. Ilhan Omar's use of "language kind of associated with anti-semitism", Baier asked Sanders, "Can you understand why some Jewish Americans would have a problem with some of that?"

In an interview with ABC News, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted, "It's a good thing that the president is calling [Omar] out". Almost one in three Somali-Americans live in the state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and between 42,400 and 55,200 people - about 1 percent of the population of the state - is of Somali heritage, according to recent census data. She represents the state's fifth congressional district, which is partially adjacent to the district Trump visited on Monday.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced that it would be holding a rally to "focus on supporting Rep. Omar and sharing common Minnesota values" outside the Nuss Truck and Equipment store in Burnsville, Minnesota, where Mr. Trump is slated to participate in a roundtable discussion in recognition of Tax Day.

Twitter typically removes tweets that violate its terms of service when they're reported, but the social media platform temporarily left the tweets up to aid potential law enforcement investigation of the tweets, a person familiar with the matter said, confirming a BuzzFeed report. The tweet was posted atop Trump's Twitter feed for much of yesterday, with more than 9 million views.

"Maybe not two terms", she added.