President Donald Trump on Monday escalated his verbal attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar, less than 24 hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she is seeking protection for the Minnesota congresswoman due to increased death threats following tweets from the president.
“Before Nancy, who has lost all control of Congress and is getting nothing done, decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar, she should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements Omar has made,” Trump tweeted. “She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!”
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Pelosi on Sunday announced that U.S. Capitol Police and the House sergeant-at-arms “are conducting a security assessment to safeguard” Omar, her family and staff after Trump tweeted an edited video of the Minnesota Democrat superimposed over images of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“We will never forget,” Trump’s wrote on Friday in the tweet that included the edited video.
Trump’s video tweet came after Omar made remarks about the civil liberties of Muslims in the United States, during which she referred to the 9/11 terrorist attacks by saying “some people did something.”
Omar, one of the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress, has received backlash for her comment, including from several Republicans and conservative commentators.
However, a number of Democrats, including freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have come to Omar’s defense. Also, other politicians, including former President George W. Bush, haven’t always referred to the 9/11 attackers as terrorists.
Omar on Sunday evening said in a statement, “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.”
“Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country’s Commander in Chief,” she said in the statement. “We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop.”
Earlier this month, a Trump supporter from upstate New York was charged with threatening to shoot Omar. She also was the target of a bomb threat at a Muslim-American civil rights event last month in Los Angeles.
The Minnesota congresswoman has repeatedly drawn controversy for her comments on Israel, which some lawmakers from both sides have condemned as anti-Semitic. The House has passed two resolutions that served as rebukes of her remarks, one specifically rejecting anti-Semitism and another combating hate speech.
Trump also previously tweeted that Omar’s remarks calling White House aide Stephen Miller a “white nationalist” were anti-Semitic, even though several Democratic lawmakers made similar comments about Miller, who is Jewish.
The president’s tweet on Monday was also notable for its verbal assault against Pelosi. Even though Trump has repeatedly tussled with her on legislation, including a spending bill impasse that led to the longest federal shutdown in history, he generally has been restrained in his comments about Pelosi.
But tensions have been increasing since House Democrats started opening investigations into Trump and his associates. Over the weekend, Trump called out Pelosi after she commented during a “60 Minutes” interview on broadcast by CBS on Sunday that, “There’s nobody in the country who knows better that he should not be president of the United States than Donald Trump.”
“Such a ‘puff piece’ on Nancy Pelosi by @60minutes, yet her leadership has passed no meaningful Legislation. All they do is Investigate, as it turns out, crimes that they instigated & committed,” Trump tweeted. “The Mueller No Collusion decision wasn’t even discussed-and she was a disaster at W.H.”