US President Donald Trump has censured House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for defending Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, saying the Minnesota Democrat is “out of control.”
According to Press TV, Trump tweeted “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 U.S. HATE statements Omar has made.”
“She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!” he added.
Earlier on Monday, an adviser Trump’s reelection campaign has blamed influx of death threats against Omar on “her ill-thought-out words” rather than racist attacks by Trump.
“I don’t think it’s the president that’s putting her in danger, I think it’s her ill-thought-out words that she used to describe the greatest terror attack on the history of United States soil which killed nearly 3,000 Americans,” Marc Lotter said on CNN.
“Make no mistake, no congressperson, no American should be threatened and no one is inciting violence,” said Lotter, the Trump campaign’s Director of Strategic Communications. “I think what they’re doing is showing outrage toward words that should have been better thought out.”
On Saturday, Trump shared the video suggesting that Omar, a Democratic member of the House of Representatives from Minnesota, was dismissive of the 9/11 attack.
The video spliced news footage of 9/11 with a clip from a speech Omar gave last month in which she described the terror attack as “some people did something.”
Pelosi, the top Democrat in the lower chamber of Congress, criticized Trump on Saturday for Trump’s post.
“The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence,” Pelosi said in a statement posted on Twitter. “The President shouldn’t use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack.”
Omar put out a statement Sunday night, detailing what she has faced since the Republican president posted the video, including “an increase in direct threats on my life.”
She also said, “Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on the ride 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.”