Politicians, activists and celebrities have joined US Congressman Ilhan Omar's support after President Donald Trump retweeted a video edited to denounce the 9/11 attacks.
Some called Trump's movement Islamophobic and an "incitement" to violence against the Somali-American politicians, while others said it brought "life in danger".
The video that Trump tweeted again on Friday shows a snippet of Omar's recent speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in which she described the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York as "some people something described and news films of the kidnapped planes that hit the Twin Towers.
Trump has also tweeted: "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!"
Neither Trump's tweet nor the video contained her complete quote or the context of her comments.
Omar told CAIR in Los Angeles that many Muslims saw their bourgeois freedoms extinguished after the attacks and voted for activism.
"We've lived with the discomfort of being second-class citizens for far too long, and I'm honestly tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it," she said in a March 23 speech published online video.
"CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they realized that some people were doing something and we all started losing access to our civil liberties."
CAIR was founded on its website in 1994, but its membership rose after the attacks.
Omar's critics criticized what they said, a funky description of the attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.
Trump beat Ilhan Omar (2:21) for using 9/11 footage
"The first member of the congress, the terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on September 11 as" some people who did something, "tweeted Dan Crenshaw, a Republican member of the congress.
"Here's your something," roared the New York Post on a cover under a photo of the burning towers.
The conservative response prompted many others, including politicians, scientists, actors and writers, to rush to Omar's defense and release tweets with #IStandWithIlhanOmar.
The Muslim politician also tweeted a quote from former President George W. Bush, who said days after the attacks: "The people – and the people who have demolished these buildings, will all soon hear us!"
"Did Bush downplay the terrorist attack?" Omar tweeted. "What if he was a Muslim?"
Bernie Sanders, Democratic presidential candidate, called Trump's tweet "disgusting and dangerous" on Friday, while Nancy Pelosi, spokeswoman for the US House of Representatives, scolded the president for using the "painful images of September 11 for a political assault" against Omar ,
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.
– Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 13, 2019
Senator Elizabeth Warren, also a Democratic Party leader, accuses Trump of "provoking violence against a sedentary congresswoman – and a whole group of Americans based on their religion."
The president calls for violence against a seated congressman – and a whole group of Americans based on their religion. It's disgusting. It's embarrassing. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it bears the responsibility.
– Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 13, 2019
The actor George Takei, best known for Hikaru Sulu in the television series Star Trek (1966), also expressed his support.
"When I was a kid, it was Japanese Americans who were denigrated to Pearl Harbor as an enemy," he wrote, referring to the 1941 Japanese attack that dragged the United States into World War II.
"No one has stood up for us, and 120,000 of us have been sent to internment camps, and I swore I would spend my life in America, never again," he added.
When I was a kid, it was Japanese Americans who were captured as an enemy after Pearl Harbor. No one stood up for us and 120,000 of us were sent to internment camps. I vowed that I would devote my life to making sure it never happened again in America. #IStandWithIlhanOmar
– George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 13, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic congressman, accused Trump of putting Omar's life "at risk" and urged members of the US Congress to denounce the President's "explicit attack".
One of the ugly after-effects of 9/11, which is too often ignored, is the codified profiling of Muslim Americans based solely on their beliefs.
No-fly lists. Monitoring the Wareless Mosque. All of it.
To fear all Muslims for the actions of terrorists is bigotry. Plain and simple. https://t.co/gYgzAe6xGv
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 13, 2019
Javier Munoz, star of the Broadway hit Hamilton, also joined Trump and said, "It's absolutely NOT normal to demonize Omar with" anti-Muslim rhetoric, "while Ibram X Kendi, a professor at the American University, does not comment on anyone standing with Omar "stands in Islamophobia, in racism, in politicians who spread lies to kindle racial and religious terror in the country."
That goes without saying #IStandWithIlhanOmar, And who does not stand @IlhanMN stands with Islamophobia, with racism, with politicians who spread lies to ignite racial and religious terror in the country. There is no middle ground in this fight.
– Ibram X. Kendi (@ Drbram) April 13, 2019
Jewish groups also favored Omar, criticized earlier this year by some politicians and Jewish groups for suggesting that politicians who support Israel have a double bond.
Bend the Arc, a Jewish lobby group, called the trump's tweet "violent and unreasonable," while Rabbi Jill Jacobs said the president had "openly defended Islamophobia."
Trump engages in blatant Islamophobia by commenting on @IlhanMN out of context, to smear them with the worst stereotypes. He is also likely to endanger her life as she has already been the victim of death threats. @Jack @ Twitter How long can you allow the incitement?
– Rabbi Jill Jacobs (@rabbijilljacobs) April 12, 2019
Amy Klobuchar, another Democratic Party presidential candidate, noted that a man from New York was recently charged with threatening Omar's life.
"The video sent out by President today will only cause more hatred," she wrote.
"You can not agree with her words – like I did before – but this video is wrong, enough."