United States President Donald Trump has come under fire for posting a video on his Twitter linking 9/11 with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
The video spliced news footage of 9/11 with a clip from a speech Omar gave last month to Council of American-Islamic Relations, Muslim civil rights, and advocacy group.
Omar said that Muslims had “lived 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.”
She added, “some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
The critics of the president said he took Omar’s words out of context in order to stoke anti-Muslim sentiment.
The Democrats criticized the video saying that Trump used one of the most tragic incidents in U.S. history to slam a political opponent.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence,” Pelosi said in a statement posted on Twitter. “The President shouldn’t use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack.”
The Democrats also said the video is putting Omar’s life in jeopardy.
In March, an anti-Muslim poster was seen outside of the chamber of the West Virginia house of delegates showing a picture of 9/11 and Ilhan Omar together with the words, “Never forget – you said. I am the proof – you have forgotten.”
“Look no further, the GOP’s [Republican] anti-Muslim display likening me to a terrorist rock in state capitols and no one is condemning them,” Omar said about the poster last month.
This time her colleagues came forward criticizing the president.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the tweet put Omar’s life in danger. “For our colleagues to be silent is to be complicit in the outright, dangerous targeting of a member of Congress,” she said urging everyone to speak out.
Earlier on March 24, hundreds of protesters rallied outside an event in Los Angeles, California where U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota spoke to a Muslim-American civil rights group.
The demonstrators were protesting Omar’s presence at the fundraising event for the Council of American-Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles. “Burn the Quran!,” “Ilhan Omar, go to hell!” and “Shame on you, terrorists!” were among some of the messages shouted by the protestors.
Progressive Congresswoman Omar declared during the event that Trump’s “fuels hate against Muslims.” According to some analysts, Omar linked U.S. President Donald Trump’s rhetoric to the recent mass shooting at a New Zealand mosque: “We all kind of knew that this was happening,” she said. “But the reason I think that many of us knew that this was going to get worse is that we finally had a leader in the White House who publicly says Islam hates us, who fuels hate against Muslims, who thinks it is OK to speak about a faith and a whole community in a way that is dehumanizing, vilifying,” she added.
However, Progressive and Democratic lawmakers filed a legislative act last week to end President Trump’s travel and asylum ban on people from certain Muslim majority countries.
The “No Ban Act,” officially the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Non-immigrants Act, is a civil rights bill seeking to end the Trump administration’s travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya and Somalia.
Senator Christopher Coons and Representative Judy Chu announced the bill along with support from freshman congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, among others.
The measure is unlikely to pass the Senate and even less likely to garner White House approval, but it could rally support for the U.S. left and center-left leading up to the 2020 elections, as Coons said in an interview that each Democratic senator running for president in the coming elections has endorsed the bill.