Rep. Ilhan Omar says she has received an increase in death threats since Trump shared a video about her 9/11 comments on Twitter

Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said in a statement on Sunday night that death threats against her have increased since Trump tweeted a video featuring comments she recently made about the September 11, 2001, attacks.

President Donald Trump on Friday shared an inflammatory video on Twitter cutting to sound bites of Omar saying "some people did something" juxtaposed with footage and audio from the terror attacks. Advertisement

"CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties." Omar's office clarified to the Washington Post that the freshman lawmaker misspoke - CAIR was founded in 1994 and doubled in size after the September 11 attacks.

The video that Trump shared online was retweeted over 90,000 times as of Sunday evening.
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In a statement, Omar's office said that the lawmaker has recieved an increase in death threats directly related to the video.

"Violent rhetoric of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country's Commander in Chief," she added.Advertisement

Earlier on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for tightened security of Omar in the wake of Trump's video.

"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," she said in a statement, adding that Capitol Police were conducting a security asssessmnet to safeguard Omar.

Critics warned that Trump's video may heighten calls to violence against Omar, who has already faced death threats. Last week a New York man was charged for making death threats over the phone to Omar's office.Advertisement

John Haltiwanger contributed to this report.

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