Pelosi hits Trump over Omar video: Wrong to 'fan the flames'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWords matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump Nadler: Impeachment inquiry a 'made-up term' but it's essentially 'what we are doing' Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Calif.) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE on Saturday after he tweeted an edited video of comments from Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 We must stand together against hatred GOP retreat creates WiFi password blasting socialism MORE (D-Minn.) about the 9/11 attacks that have sparked criticism.

“The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence. The President shouldn’t use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack,” Pelosi said in a statement.

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“It is wrong for the President, as Commander-in-Chief, to fan the flames to make anyone less safe,” she added.

The video, which Trump tweeted Friday, shows Omar speaking to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in March spliced together with video of the 9/11 attacks. Omar’s comments that “some people did something” — referring to 9/11 — appear between segments of footage and text memorializing the deadly attacks.

Conservatives have seized on Omar's remarks, with Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawCrenshaw-AOC battle puts spotlight on lending guns to a friend Ocasio-Cortez to Crenshaw: 'Why on earth' would you lend your handgun to friends? The red flag fallacy: Why should politicians get to define 'sanity'? MORE (R-Texas) bashing them as “unbelievable” and Fox News host Brian Kilmeade saying on air, “You have to wonder if she’s an American first.”

However, much of the criticism against Omar leaves out the end of her quote, in which she says many Muslims were unfairly connected with the attacks.

“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,” she said. 

CAIR was founded in 1994, but Omar's office has said she misspoke and meant to note that the organization doubled in size after the 2001 attacks.

Several Democrats running for president in 2020 rushed to Omar’s defense on Friday, with some arguing that Trump's move put Omar and others in danger.

“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,” Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Biden's debate performance renews questions of health On The Money: Democratic candidates lay into Trump on trade | China exempts US soybeans, pork from tariff hikes | Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted.