Trump Slams Pelosi for Defending Ilhan Omar
By Staff, Agencies
US President Donald Trump on Monday took to Twitter to continue his criticism of Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar's statements, this time accusing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of being under Omar's control.
"Before Nancy, who has lost all control of Congress and is getting nothing done, decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar she should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-‘Israel’ and ungrateful US HATE statements Omar has made," Trump tweeted.
"She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!" he added.
Trump's comment comes after Pelosi took time out of an official trip to issue a statement urging Trump to remove the clip featuring Omar.
"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," she said.
"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."
Omar also issued a statement saying that since Trump's tweet she has received an onslaught of death threats.
"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," she said Sunday evening.
"Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and white supremacists 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," the congresswoman added.
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts accused Trump of inciting violence against Omar.
“The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman —and an entire group of Americans based on their religion. It's disgusting. It's shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it,” she wrote on Twitter.
Beto O’Rourke, another Democratic presidential hopeful who recently lost the gubernatorial race in his home state of Texas, also did not mention Omar by name but condemned Trump for his “hatred and Islamophobia.”
Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who recently declared his intention to run, said the president’s “inflammatory and dangerous rhetoric towards Ilhan Omar is jeopardizing her safety.”
“He is deliberately putting her and all Muslim Americans in harm’s way,” Inslee added.