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White House denies Trump inciting violence against Muslim lawmaker Ilhan Omar

White House denies Trump inciting violence against Muslim lawmaker Ilhan Omar

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) suggested that Trump put Omar's life in danger while saying that any silence from her colleagues "is to be complicit" in his "dangerous targeting" of Omar.

The California Democrat also called on Trump to take down the video.

Ms Pelosi took time out from an official trip to issue a strong statement urging Mr Trump to take the clip down.

On April 5, a western NY man who told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents that he "loves the President, and that he hates radical Muslims in our government", was arrested for threatening to murder Omar in a phone call to her office.

The White House defended Trump earlier Sunday, saying the president has a duty to highlight Omar's history of making comments that others find offensive and that he wished no "ill will" upon the first-term lawmaker.

'The bigger question is why aren't Democrats doing the same thing?

Referring to her previous controversial comments, in which Ms Omar questioned United States support for Israel, Ms Sanders added: "It's absolutely abhorrent the comments that she continues to make and has made and they look the other way".

Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on the rise in this country and around the world. "We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land".

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Speaking at a Fox News town hall in Pennsylvania, Sanders backed Omar - who has come under fire in the past for using anti-Semitic tropes while criticizing Israel - but also said she "has got to do maybe a better job in speaking to the Jewish community". On Sunday, Pelosi said she had asked US Capitol police and the House sergeant-at-arms to conduct a "security assessment to safeguard" Omar and her family. But it dialed up the temperature after the president a week ago mocked her in a speech in Las Vegas to a Jewish Republican group.

What followed was a vicious cycle of thunderous conservative indignation, complete with President Donald Trump tweeting a video mashing up Omar's remarks with footage the planes hitting the Twin Towers, followed by an overreaching liberal backlash against the backlash, in which Democratic presidential contenders Beto O'Rourke and Sen.

In a statement released on Sunday night, Omar said: "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". "We will never forget", the video reads.

Some considered the "some people did something" comment to be disrespectful or flippant language to describe the terrorist attacks. "She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!" he tweeted.

Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of NY, said Sunday that the snippet of Omar's speech used by Trump came from extended remarks about discrimination against Muslim Americans after the September 11 attacks.

Omar described the pressure to "be a good Muslim" and not make non-Muslims feel "uncomfortable".

"I have had some problems with some of her other remarks, but not with that one", he said.

Democrats "could have done more to help [Omar] out, but in the end I think they care more about their image", said Abdirahman Abdullahi, an area resident.