Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said Sunday she has received numerous death threats since President Donald Trump shared a video on Twitter that painted her as being dismissive of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City from 2001.

“This is endangering lives,” Somali-American Omar, who is Muslim, said in a statement responding to Trump’s action. “It has to stop.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) revealed she and other top Democratic lawmakers have pushed for security measures to protect Omar in the wake of Trump’s hateful tweet.

Trump also blasted Omar in a separate post on Monday morning, accusing the freshman Congresswoman of “controlling” Pelosi.


Trump’s graphic video showed jarring moments from the 9/11 attacks and included the caption “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!” The New York Post, a famously pro-Trump publication, also featured a photo of the Twin Towers in flames with a quote from Omar saying “some people did something” at the top and the words “Here’s your something” in larger font at the center of the image.

Pelosi blasted Trump for using 9/11 as a propaganda tool to spread right-wing extremism.

Omar, 37, has been accused of anti-Semitism for several weeks following remarks in which she criticized Israeli lobbyist organization AIPAC for what she viewed as its heavy influence in American politics. Despite this, several Democrats like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is Jewish, have defended Omar.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Sunday that Trump bore no “ill will” against Omar but rather was simply trying to call out the freshman Democratic lawmaker for what he considered anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Trump also mocked Omar at a convention earlier this month after one of his supporters threatened to kill her. Fox News hosts like Jeanine Pirro have also gotten into trouble for making Islamophobic comments about the first-term lawmaker.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), who represents Manhattan’s financial district that was targeted on 9/11, said he had no problem with Omar’s characterization of the attacks. Nadler said it was other unrelated comments from Omar that he found concerning.

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