Washington — Rep. Ilhan Omar says she’s faced increased death threats since President Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. “This is endangering lives,” she said, accusing Mr. Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism. “It has to stop.”
Her statement late Sunday followed an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she’s taken steps to ensure the safety of the Minnesota Democrat and came after the speaker’s call for the president to take down the video.
Soon after Pelosi’s statement, the video disappeared as a pinned tweet at the top of Mr. Trump’s Twitter feed, but it wasn’t deleted.
Pelosi was among Democrats who had criticized Mr. Trump over the tweet, with some accusing him of trying to incite violence against the Muslim lawmaker. An upstate New York man recently was charged with making death threats against her.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., at House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on February 13, 2019 AP
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders defended the president earlier Sunday, saying the president has a duty to highlight Omar’s history of making comments that others deem anti-Semitic or otherwise offensive and that he wished no “ill will” upon the first-term lawmaker.
But Omar said that since Mr. Trump retweeted the video Friday night, she’s received many threats on her life that referred or replied to the posted video.
“Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on