White House denies Trump inciting violence against Muslim lawmaker

CODEPINK is among the groups calling on Facebook and Twitter to suspend Trump's accounts following his video smearing the congresswoman. Image via CODEPINK

Trump removes Twitter video accusing Rep. Ilhan Omar of dismissing 9/11 attacks

In a tweet, the group posted: "Trump is sharing propaganda videos trafficking in hate speech and inciting real violence against Ms Omar".

In the latest incident, Trump posted a video to his 60 million Twitter followers that used a short snippet of an Omar speech followed by images of the burning Twin Towers in NY. "She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!" he tweeted.

On Saturday, CAIR condemned the president's comments on social media, calling it a "life-endangering" tweet from a president who uses "shocking imagery" to potentially incite violence against a sitting Congresswoman while "exploiting a national tragedy" at the same time.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency Sunday on the sidelines of an Islamophobia conference at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, Ahmed Bedier, leader of United Voices of America, said that it was "very risky and irresponsible" for the U.S. President Donald Trump to spread misinformation about Congresswoman Omar.

Pelosi was among Democrats who had criticized Trump over the tweet, with some accusing him of trying to incite violence against the Muslim lawmaker who has already seen one upstate NY man face criminal charges for making death threats against her.

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Omar repeatedly has pushed fellow Democrats into uncomfortable territory with criticism of Israel and the strength of the Jewish state's influence in Washington.

In the wake of the president's tweet, Omar said death threats against her had increased, with her office noting numerous threats had directly referenced the president's video.

Pelosi confirmed Sunday that she personally spoke with the House Sergeant-at-Arms in order to ensure the safety of Omar, as well as her family and staff.

"First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as 'some people who did something, '" tweeted Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas.

Inside at the tax event, Trump railed against the U.S. immigration system and what he called its "horrible and foolish loopholes".

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On April 12, Trump posted a video that spliced news footage of 9/11 with a speech Omar gave last month where she described the attacks as "some people did something".

Ms Omar's and Ms Pelosi's offices had no comment. While criticizing Trump for his threat to ship undocumented immigrants to "sanctuary cities" like San Francisco-where Pelosi's congressional district is located-she declared, "I'm not giving up on the president", as a possible partner on immigration policy. If Omar hadn't been so willing to share her thought-farts about Israel that Democrat would have been Ocasio-Cortez.

Neither Trump's tweet nor the video included Omar's full quote or the context of her comments.

Crenshaw also endorsed a tweet that claimed Omar "does not consider [September 11] a terrorist attack on the U.S. by terrorists" and repeated the far-right conspiracy theory that CAIR serves as little more than a front for foreign terrorists.

Sanders questioned why Democrats weren't following Trump's example and calling out Omar, too.

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Trump aides and allies say they are pleased that some of the Democratic hopefuls for the 2020 presidential nomination are defending her against the president's attacks, claiming they think it will be damaging for them in the general election.

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