WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump does not rely on his tweets about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.
In fact, he spoke at an event in Omar's home state of Minnesota on Monday in a fierce battle over her remarks about the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Omar, a Somali American, says it is more than a rhetorical bickering, and that life, including hers, is at stake. Trump says that national security is at stake and that Omar is "ungrateful."
A look at the latest rhetorical struggle between the couple who are more broadly about race and whether leaders and their words should be blamed for violence.
Omar says she has been facing increasing death threats since Trump released a video claiming she was opposed to the 2001 terrorist attacks. "This is putting lives at risk," she said and accused Trump of inciting extremism. "It must stop."
Her statement at the end of Sunday followed an announcement by landlord Nancy Pelosi that she has taken steps to ensure the safety of the Minnesota Democrat. Pelosi also urged Trump to take the video down.
The video soon disappeared as a pinned tweet at the top of Trump's Twitter feed, but it wasn't deleted.
Trump further escalated his rhetoric on Monday and tweeted about it: "Before Nancy, who has lost control of Congress and gets nothing done, decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar, she must look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli government and ungrateful. US HATE statements made by Omar. & # 39;
Later on Monday, Trump announced he was on his way to & # 39; the great state of Minnesota! & # 39; Omar responded by retweeting that post with the comment: & # 39; The great state of Minnesota, where we not only welcome immigrants, we send them to Washington. & # 39;
Minnesota has the largest concentration of Somalis in the nation, and most of them are in the Minneapolis area.
Monday, at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Pelosi said, "I don't think a US president should use the 9/11 tragedy as a political tool. I think that's wrong, I think it is under the office's dignity. & # 39;
What did Omar say?
At a meeting in Los Angeles from the Council on American-Islamic Relations on March 23, Omar said that many Muslims have eroded their civil liberties after the September 11 attacks.
"We have lived for far too long with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen, and to be honest, I am tired of it and every Muslim in this country would be tired of it," she said in the speech, according to video & # 39; s being online. place. "CAIR was established after 9/11 because they recognized that some people were doing something and that we were all starting to lose access to our civil liberties."
CAIR was founded in 1994, according to its website, but its membership shot up after the attacks.
How Trump reacted
The president on Friday retweeted a video in which & # 39; some people did something & # 39; from Omar's speech and including news images of the hijacked planes that hit the Twin Towers. Trump also tweeted: "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!"
The president largely raised the criticism of Omar & # 39; s political opponents and conservatives who claim that Omar's wording gave a superficial description of the attackers and the attacks killing nearly 3,000 people.
Neither Trump & # 39; s tweet nor the video contain Omar's full quote or the context of her comments.
In Minnesota, Trump made his remarks to a transportation company in Burnsville that focused primarily on the tax relief that the GOP passed on in 2017.
It reflected Trump
Other prominent GOP voices joined Trump and criticized Omar.
"First congress member to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as" some people who did something, "tweeted representative Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas. The retired Navy SEAL lost its right eye in 2012 due to an explosion in Afghanistan.
& # 39; Here's something for you & # 39 ;, the New York Post blared on a sleeve under a photo of the flaming towers.
Fox News Channel presenter Brian Kilmeade said about a "Fox & Friends" segment about Omar: "You have to wonder if she is an American."
Life and death…
Omar has been the target of past threats. She tweeted back to Kilmeade and Crenshaw: "This is dangerous incitement, given the death threats that I face."
"My love and commitment to our country and that of my colleagues may never be challenged. We are ALL Americans!"
A New York man in the state was recently accused of making death threats against her.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said Monday during a conference call that they are concerned about Omar's safety, especially because Trump was campaigning in Minnesota. President Karen Bass said she & # 39; outrage & # 39; about Omar & # 39; and endangers her life. & # 39;
Added Bennie Thompson, president of Homeland Security: "Members of the congress should be free to give their opinion on topics without fear of the threat of physical injury."
& # 39; I'm worried about it and the idea that if your thinking is different from that of the president, you become a target. & # 39;
Associated Press Errin Haines Whack contributed to this report.