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Pelosi asks Capitol Police to "safeguard" Ilhan Omar after Trump 9/11 tweet

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Ilhan Omar. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday demanded President Trump remove a video he tweeted Friday that shows footage from 9/11 spliced in between comments from Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), claiming that the president's "hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger."

"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. They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces. 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."

Trump tweets altered video of Ilhan Omar belittling 9/11

President Trump, on Friday, retweeted a video featuring a speech Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) gave in March to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, edited without context to imply that she downplayed the attacks of September 11.

The backdrop: In her comments on March 23 at CAIR, Omar explained that some Muslims felt their freedoms were called into question in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. “For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it,” Omar said. “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.”