Nancy Pelosi is asking the Capitol Police to take extra care protecting House Rep. Ilhan Omar after Donald Trump shared a tweet playing Omar’s recent comments about the formation of the Council on American-Islamic Relations over video of the September 11 attacks.
Trump’s video featured a short clip of the freshman congresswoman saying the words “some people did something” in reference to 9/11. Between repeats of the short phrase, the video edited in shots of the Twin Towers collapsing and the Pentagon in flames. He captioned the video “WE WILL NEVER FORGET.”
Because of the potential harm that could come to Omar via Trump linking her with 9/11, Pelosi asked Capitol Police to keep a closer watch on her and urged Trump to delete his tweet.
"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,” she wrote. “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."
For what it’s worth, Omar’s comments were taken completely out of context. Omar said that CAIR was founded in response to anti-Muslim sentiment in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties," she said.
Of course, Trump’s fear-mongering and conservative media’s general response to Omar’s statement help to prove her general point right: that anti-Muslim rhetoric is rife in the United States and there should be people pushing back against it.