The elected Democrats did not decoler Sunday against the US President, accusing him of "inciting violence" against a Muslim congressman, after his tweet combining Ilhan Omar's words to the images of the attacks of 9/11. In the face of controversy, the White House has assured that
Donald Trump was not trying to "incite violence".
Democrat Speaker of the House of Representatives has asked Capitol Police to reinforce the security of Ilhan Omar, his family and his team, saying law enforcement would continue to "monitor and respond to threats which she faces ".
"Hateful and incendiary rhetoric [du président] creates a real danger »
"The president's words weigh heavily and his hateful and incendiary rhetoric creates a real danger," said Nancy Pelosi Sunday in a statement, urging the president to "remove his dangerous and disrespectful video."
.@realDonaldTrump'S dangerous video must be taken down. Sergeant-at-Arms to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment @Ilhan Omar, her family & her staff. They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces. pic.twitter.com/Grb9c8S18d
– Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 14, 2019
Donald Trump had posted a video on Friday on Twitter, which included words by Ilhan Omar,
one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, images of New York's twin towers on fire.
Speaking last March before the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Minnesota representative in the lower house said the organization was founded after the 9/11 attacks "because they recognized that some people had done something and each of us was starting to lose access to our civil liberties ".
Conservatives accused Ilhan Omar of downplaying the deadliest attack on US soil.
A flood of reproaches on the democratic side
The video posted by the Republican President and viewed more than 9 million times on Sunday, has sparked a torrent of disapproval on the Democratic side.
"The president incites violence against a practicing congressman – and a whole group of Americans based on their religion. It's disgusting. This is outrageous, "tweeted presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren, for example.
The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman and an entire group of Americans based on their religion. It's disgusting. It's shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it.
– Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 13, 2019
"The life of @ IlhanMN is in danger", also reacted the young woman of the House of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President's explicit attack today.@IlhanMN'S life is in danger. For our colleagues to be compliant in the outright, dangerous targeting of a member of Congress.
We must speak out.
"First they came …" pic.twitter.com/ygOX1vhE9j
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 12, 2019
White House defends president
The White House firmly defended the US president on Sunday. Donald Trump "does not try to incite violence against anyone," spokesman Sarah Sanders told Fox News. "The president certainly does not want any harm or violence against anyone, but (he) must absolutely call to order the member of Congress for not one, but many antisemitic comments," she said. ABC.
Sarah Sanders seemed to be referring here to another controversy involving Ilhan Omar after recent comments about Israel deemed antisemitic by many elected officials, including in the Democratic camp. It had implied that American officials supported Israel out of financial interest. She then apologized publicly.
"Thank you for standing with me"
"Thank you for standing with me – against an administration that seeks to ban Muslims from our country – in the fight for America that we deserve," responded on Twitter Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, following the video posted by the Republican President.
Thank you for standing with me – against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country – to fight for the America we all deserve.💪🏽
– Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 13, 2019
"No one – no matter how corrupt, incompetent or vicious – can threaten my unconditional love for America," the 37-year-old woman also tweeted.
CAIR was founded in 1994 and not after the attacks of 11 September 2001 as reported by Ilhan Omar. The spokesperson, quoted by the Washington Post, said she did not speak well and said the organization had doubled after 9/11.