Trump tweet on Mus­lim rep draws scold from Pelosi

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Top Democrats Satur­day rushed to de­fend Rep. Il­han Omar af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump retweeted video that was edited to sug­gest first­term Min­nesota Demo­crat was be­ing dis­mis­sive of the sig­nif­i­cance of the worst ter­ror­ist as­sault on U.S. soil.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi scolded Trump for us­ing the “painful images of 9/11 for a po­lit­i­cal at­tack.”

For­mer Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a can­di­date for the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion to chal­lenge Trump in 2020, said the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent’s tweet was an “in­cite­ment to vi­o­lence” against Omar, who is Mus­lim-Amer­i­can, and oth­ers like her.

The video Trump retweeted Fri­day pulls a snip­pet of Omar’s re­cent speech to the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions in which she de­scribed the 2001 ter­ror­ist at­tack on the World Trade Cen­ter as “some peo­ple did some­thing,” and in­cludes news footage of the hi­jacked planes hit­ting the Twin Tow­ers. Trump also tweeted, “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”

Omar’s re­mark has drawn crit­i­cism largely from po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents and con­ser­va­tives who say the law­maker, one of the first Mus­lim women to serve in Congress, of­fered a flip­pant de­scrip­tion of the as­sailants and the at­tacks that killed nearly 3,000 peo­ple.

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

Omar told CAIR in Los An­ge­les that many Mus­lims saw their civil lib­er­ties eroded af­ter the at­tacks, and she ad­vo­cated for ac­tivism.

“For far too long we have 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 said in the March 23 speech, ac­cord­ing to video posted on­line. “CAIR was founded af­ter 9/11 be­cause they rec­og­nized that some peo­ple did some­thing and that all of us were start­ing to lose ac­cess to our civil lib­er­ties.”

CAIR was founded in 1994, ac­cord­ing to its web­site, but its mem­ber­ship sky­rock­eted af­ter the at­tacks.

Many Repub­li­cans and con­ser­va­tive out­lets ex­pressed outrage at Omar’s re­marks. Fel­low Democrats, in­clud­ing some who have dis­agreed with Omar in the past, de­fended her.

She tweeted a quote from Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, who said days af­ter the at­tacks: “The peo­ple – and the peo­ple who knocked these build­ings down will hear all of us soon!”

“Was Bush down­play­ing the ter­ror­ist at­tack?” Omar tweeted. “What if he was a Mus­lim.”

J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE AP

Rep. Il­han Omar, D-Minn., has come un­der at­tack for video edited to make her seem dis­mis­sive of 9/11.

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