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Pelosi Requests Security Review to Protect Ilhan Omar After Trump Tweet

Pelosi Requests Security Review to Protect Ilhan Omar After Trump Tweet

By GLENN THRUSH

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked House officials on Sunday to review security measures intended to protect Representative Ilhan Omar after President Trump tweeted a video attacking the Minnesota Democrat using images of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Ms. Pelosi was not responding to new information about the safety of Ms. Omar, according to a senior Democratic aide. She called for the review based on dozens of threats made on Ms. Omar’s life before Mr. Trump posted the video on Friday, the aide said.

“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,” Ms. Pelosi said in a statement. “They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces.”

After Ms. Pelosi released her statement, a spokesman for Ms. Omar, Jeremy Slevin, said, “Our office has seen an increase in direct threats on Rep. Omar’s life — many directly referencing the president’s video.” He said Ms. Omar’s office has collected a series of menacing tweets over the last few days, some accusing her of treason.

The footage promoted by Mr. Trump intercut images of the World Trade Center aflame with comments from Ms. Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, about the treatment of Muslims after Sept. 11. Conservatives have seized on those remarks as dismissive of the attacks.

“The president’s words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger,” Ms. Pelosi said. “President Trump must take down his disrespectful and dangerous video.”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said Mr. Trump was not inciting violence against Ms. Omar, or Muslims in general, and would not be ashamed for “speaking out against” violence. She added that Democrats should be “taking the same hard line that the president is” against Ms. Omar.

Ms. Sanders said on “Fox News Sunday” that referring to the Sept. 11 attacks “in such a dismissive way is frankly disgusting and abhorrent.”

Ms. Omar, appearing at an event in Los Angeles last month sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy organization, suggested that government officials infringed upon the free-speech rights of some Muslim Americans after the Sept. 11 attacks.

“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose…



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