Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a statement Sunday calling on President Donald Trump to take down a video contrasting footage of the September 11, 2001 Islamist terror attacks on the United States with a comment by Rep. Ilhan Omar made last month before a Muslim audience in which she dismissed the attack as “Some people did something.” Pelosi called Trump’s video “disrespectful and dangerous” and said she had directed the Sergeant-at-Arms to conduct a security assessment for Omar, her staff and family.
Appearing on ABC’s This Week on Sunday morning before Pelosi spoke out, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders defended Trump’s video, saying Trump does not wish ill will or violence against Omar.
Asked about President Trump's attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar, Sarah Sanders tells @GStephanopoulos, Omar's comments are "absolutely disgraceful and unbefitting of a member of Congress and I think that it's a good thing that the president is calling her out" https://t.co/a1tf3ubh7D pic.twitter.com/1Ixdb0cYN4
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 14, 2019
Omar made her 9/11 comment in a speech to CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations) on March 23 in California. Omar falsely claimed that CAIR was founded after 9/11 to protect Muslim civil liberties. CAIR was actually founded in 1994 as a front group for Hamas, according to reports on federal surveillance at the time of CAIR’s founding.
Pelosi issued a statement with a dateline of London, England, that reads:
Pelosi Statement on the Safety of Congresswoman Omar
APRIL 14, 2019
London — Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement:
“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.”
Pelosi also posted the statement to Twitter.
.@realDonaldTrump’s dangerous video must be taken down. I have spoken with the Sergeant-at-Arms to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Rep. @Ilhan Omar, her family & her staff. They will continue to monitor & address the threats she faces. pic.twitter.com/Grb9c8S18d
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 14, 2019
Trump’s video of Omar and 9/11 that Pelosi wants taken down:
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
Original video clip posted April 8 by the Imam of Peace that quickly went viral.
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