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".
The controversy arose after Omar delivered a 20-minute address to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) shortly after the New Zealand mosque attacks in March. "Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen, and frankly, I'm exhausted of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be exhausted of it", Omar said at the event.
She went on to say, "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". The uproar led one Fox News host to question whether the congresswoman, a former Somali refugee, was "an American first"; the New York Post on Thursday published a widely derided cover with a photo of a hijacked plane slamming into the World Trade Center alongside Omar's quote.
But Omar said that since Trump retweeted the video Friday night, she's received many threats on her life that referred or replied to the posted video.
"This is endangering lives", Omar said in response to the threats against her. "It has to stop".
"Some people did something", she said in her speech.
"Following the President's tweet [Friday], 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".
Considering his lengthy history of hateful remarks, Trump was likely aware of the violent fervor that would ensue following his tweet.
An upstate NY man was recently charged with making death threats against her.
"President Trump must take down his disrespectful and unsafe video", she said, adding that security officials are reviewing Ms Omar's protection and "will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces".
"It's not anti-Semitic to be critical of a right-wing government in Israel", Sanders said. "I thank the Capitol Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the Speaker of the House for their attention to these threats", Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, said in a statement released on Sunday evening. "The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence", she had tweeted.
But Pelosi also stuck up for Omar in her current standoff with Trump.
"I think the press is an enabler of him", she said.
But she made explicitly clear that new Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - an emerging force in United States politics who is often simply referred to as AOC - and fellow young progressives elected in 2018 represented only the margins of American society.
Omar, by contrast, had blasted Trump's top immigration adviser, Stephen Miller, as a "white nationalist".