Donald Trump has been accused of inciting violence against a Muslim congresswoman with a tweet about 9/11.
The US president retweeted a video clip that intercut footage from the 2001 tragedy with a speech from Democrat Ilhan Omar.
The clip repeatedly plays the moment Omar says ‘some people did something’ before showing fast cuts of the devastation caused after planes were flown into New York’s twin towers 18 years ago.
It finishes with a message flashing up stating “September 11, 2001, We remember’, with Trump adding ‘We will never forget!’ in his retweet, which has been viewed more than 9 million times.
But the Republican has been accused of taking Omar’s comments out of context in a “dangerous” manner.
Democrats responded yesterday, and while not all defended Omar’s choice of words, they strongly condemned the President for his response.
Elizabeth Warren, who hopes to run against Trump in 2020, tweeted: “The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman – and an entire group of Americans based on their religion.
“It’s disgusting. It’s shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it.”
And Washington governor Jay Inslee, another presidential hopeful, added: “President Trump’s inflammatory and dangerous rhetoric towards Ilhan Omar is jeopardizing her safety.
“He is deliberately putting her and all Muslim Americans in harm’s way.”
Omar’s original speech was last month, to the Muslim rights group the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
She praised organisations like CAIR for helping to protect the rights of innocent Muslims, demonised by the actions of extremists.
“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.
“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognised that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
The phrase ‘some people did something’ was seized upon by right wing pundits who have been trying to paint Omar as ‘un-American’.
Omar responded to critics after Trump posted the tweet on Friday.
“I did not run for Congress to be silent,” she said. “No one person – no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious – can threaten my unwavering love for America.
“Thank you for standing with me – against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country – to fight for the America we all deserve.”