WH denies Trump inciting violence against Muslim lawmaker
WASHINGTON- Agence France-Presse
The top Democrat in the U.S. Congress ordered a safety review for a Muslim lawmaker and her family on April 14 after accusing President Donald Trump of putting her in danger by tweeting a video of her spliced with footage of the 9/11 attacks.
"Following the president's tweet, I spoke with the sergeant-at-arms to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff," she said.
"The president's words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger. President Trump must take down his disrespectful and dangerous video."
Omar has been at the center of an escalating row after a clip emerged of her characterizing the deadliest attack on U.S. soil as "some people did something."
Last week, Trump tweeted a video that juxtaposed the snippet- which Omar's fellow Democrats say was taken out of context- with images of the hijacked planes used in the attacks crashing into the World Trade Center's twin towers that once dominated New York's skyline. Menacing music accompanies Omar's words.