Democrats admonish Trump tweet linking Ilhan Omar and 9/11

Washington (QNN)- Prominent Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, defended Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) after Donald Trump tweeted a viral video featuring a recent speech given by Omar intercut with footage of 9/11.

“The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence. The President shouldn’t use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack,” Pelosi said on Saturday.

Pelosi added that it’s “wrong for the President, as Commander-in-Chief, to fan the flames to make anyone less safe.”

2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders also defended the freshman congresswoman and condemned Trump’s video attack.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a Navy veteran, sent a series of tweets on Friday night calling the president’s attack dangerous and divisive.

On Thursday, the New York Post had helped set the tone for the president’s tweet by publishing a front page that showed her comments over a similar image.

Omar has reportedly been targeted with death threats over comments, which were described anti-Semitic. And last week, a New York man was arrested and charged with threatening to assault and kill Omar, the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York said.

Trump has long wielded 9/11 as a political weapon. In the early part of his presidential campaign, he spread a falsehood that “thousands,” of people in New Jersey — where there is a “heavy Arab population,” he said — celebrated as the twin towers came crashing down.

During a primary debate in 2016, he went after rivals like Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) over George W. Bush’s failure to prevent 9/11.

“The World Trade Center came down during your brother’s reign. Remember that,” Trump told Bush.

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