White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, defended President Donald Trump's criticism of a representative, Ilhanhan Omar, on Sunday, claiming that he "should call" the new Congressman for his comments "absolutely odious".
Sanders also said that even though Omar's comments were "unthinkable for a congressman," Trump did not wish him any harm with his critics.
"The president certainly does not want bad will, and certainly not violence towards anyone, but the president is absolutely and should call the congressman for her not only once but also a story of anti-Semitic comments," he said. said Sanders in an interview at "This week."
"It's absolutely abominable the comments that she continues to make and what the Democrats have done and that the Democrats are turning a blind eye." I find her comments to be absolutely shameful and impeccable to a member of Congress and I think it's a good thing the President calls him for these comments, and the big question is why do not the Democrats do it as well. "
Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, had to face a violent reaction, particularly from Trump, for a comment she had made at a Council event on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) at the end of March.
At the event, she said, "It has been too long since we live with the discomfort of being a second class citizen. Frankly, I'm fed up. And every Muslim in this country should have enough. CAIR was founded after September 11 because they recognized that some people had acted and we all started to lose access to our civil liberties. (CAIR was founded in 1994 and not after September 11.)
His words "some people have done something" have been at the center of criticism, most of them from conservative media and Republican officials who believe his remarks trivialized the deadliest terrorist attack in US history.
Donald Trump Jr., the son of the president, tweeted that Omar "is a shame." His fellow freshman, Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, who lost an eye while serving in Afghanistan, called his comment "Unbelievable". Brian Kilmeade, co-host of "Fox and Friends," said on his show: "You have to wonder if it's an American first." Democratic Speaker Ben Ray Lujan, who sits in the House of Commons, also criticized she told MSNBC that what Omar said was "extremely hurtful to all those who have been personally affected by these terrorist attacks."
Omar, a Somali refugee, defended Wednesday in "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," stating, "I have been sworn to respect the Constitution .I am as American as everyone else."
The New York Post's Thursday cover, on the cover, contained a photo of the Twin Towers burned during the attack, with the quote "Some people did something" attributed to Omar, then the words "Here's your something thing".
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Democratic Representative of New York, one of Omar's closest allies at Capitol Hill, ridiculed the cover on Twitter, noting that Omar is a co-sponsor of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Act and accusing the post of being "happy to turn his faith into a weapon".
Friday, Trump, who previously criticized the member for her comments on Israel, tweeted a video edited to cut between his words and the news coverage of the terrorist attacks. The tweet says "We will never forget!" And is pinned to the top of his tweet feed.
Trump's tweet led to a widespread condemnation of Democrats. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi tweeted that Trump "should not use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack."
The memory of September 11 is a sacred place and any discussion of it must be done with respect. The president should not use the painful images of September 11 for a political attack.
– Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 13, 2019
While Lujan criticized Omar's remarks, he called Trump's "attacks" on Omar "absurd and fanatic" and accused him of inciting violence.
In early April, a New York man was arrested and charged with threatening to murder the congressman.
Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Said in a tweet that the video published by Trump will "further incite hatred." South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who served in Afghanistan and is also presiding, tweeted that Trump used "that dark day to incite his base against a member of Congress, as for sport".
No one – so corrupt, inept, or vicious – can threaten my undying love for America. I am not discouraged to continue fighting for equal opportunities in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans.
– Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 13, 2019
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