Minnesota Democratic Congressman Ilhan Omar pledged on Twitter on Saturday of her "unwavering love for America" after President Trump and Conservatives criticized her comments on 9/11.
"I did not run for Congress to keep silent," she wrote. "No person – no matter how corrupt, incapable or vicious – can threaten my unwavering love for America," she went on to call Trump without direct. "Thank you for joining me – against a government that banished Muslims from this land – to fight for the America we all deserve."
On Friday, the president tweeted a video that used footage of 9/11 with comments Omar made at the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The 43-second video shows Omar saying, "Some people have hit something," referring to terrorists who killed thousands as they topped planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. In the video featuring dramatic music and video about the chaos of downtown Manhattan, the following questions are asked: "Some people have met something?"
However, it does not show all the comments from Omar.
"We have lived for too long 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 recently at CAIR in California in March. "CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they realized that some people have done something and that we all lose access to our civil liberties."
Omar said the September 11 attacks had changed the way Muslims viewed America, and encouraged Muslims not to be tolerated as "second-class citizens."
But the Conservatives considered Omar's comments dismissive of 9/11.
"The first member of Congress, the terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on September 11, as" some people who have done something. "Incredible," wrote Republican Republican Dan Crenshaw.
Democrats responded quickly to Omar's defense by suggesting that the President's tweet cut Omar's words out of context and potentially endanger Omar. Last week, a man was arrested for threatening to kill Omar because she is a Muslim.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi has tweeted that the president should not use September 11 pictures for political purposes.
"The memory of 9/11 is a sacred ground and any discussion about it must be done with awe, and the President should not use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack," Pelosi wrote.
Democratic freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez urged the Democrats to respond to Trump's tweet, saying that Omar's "life is in danger".
"The members of Congress are bound to respond to today's explicit attack by the President, and the lives of IlhanMN are in danger." For our colleagues, silence is a conspiracy for the direct and dangerous direction of a member of Congress, "wrote Ocasio-Cortez.
Democratic presidential candidates also back Trump's tweet.
Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, accused the president of instigating hatred and violence.
"Someone has already been charged with a serious threat to the life of Congressman Omar," Klobuchar wrote. "The video sent out by President today will only cause more hatred, they can not agree with their words – as I have done before – but this video is wrong, enough."
Buttigieg tweeted in turn:
"After 9/11, we all said we were changed," he wrote in a series of tweets. "That we were stronger and united, that's why it was" never forgotten. "Now a president uses this dark day to base his base against a member of Congress as if it were for sport, as if we were not doing anything that day learned about how hate works. "
Senator Bernie Sanders, I-VT, tweeted: "Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She will not resort to Trump's racism and hatred and we will not. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against them must come to an end. "
This is not the first time that Omar's comments have provoked controversy. Shortly after taking office, Omar accused Israel of having too much power in Washington for his powerful financial lobbying and questioned the loyalty of some Jewish Americans.
"I want to talk about the political influence in this country, which says it's okay for people to be loyal to a foreign country," Omar said. Their comments have been criticized as anti-Semitic and accuse some Jewish people of tying them to both America and Israel. Omar apologized for her comment, but sparked a split between the Democrats and even voted in Parliament to denounce anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and homophobia, among others.