Black Caucus warns Trump is putting Omar's life at risk

Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) warned Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations Former senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir MORE is endangering the life of one of their members, Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive MORE (D-Minn.), with his attacks suggesting the freshman lawmaker downplayed the 9/11 terror attacks.

"He is really putting the congresswoman's life at risk,” Rep. Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonHillicon Valley: Trump turns up heat on Apple over gunman's phone | Mnuchin says Huawei won't be 'chess piece' in trade talks | Dems seek briefing on Iranian cyber threats | Buttigieg loses cyber chief House Democrats request briefings on Iranian cyber threats from DHS, FCC Democrats sound election security alarm after Russia's Burisma hack MORE (D-Miss.), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and a prominent member of the CBC, told reporters on a conference call Monday.

Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassOmar calls on US to investigate Turkey over possible war crimes in Syria McConnell takes heat from all sides on impeachment Sunday Talk Shows: Lawmakers look ahead to House vote on articles of impeachment, Senate trial MORE (D-Calif.), the CBC chairwoman, delivered a similar warning.

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“The president, who should be serving as a bridge to bring people together, has once again shown his divisiveness with really putting her in danger,” she said.

Like Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFormer senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Democrats step up pressure over witnesses after Bolton bombshell Texas AFL-CIO endorses Cuellar's primary challenger MORE (D-Calif.), Thompson said he is asking for a review of security in place for Omar in Washington and her Minnesota district.

Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.), who like Omar is a Muslim, called the security assessments “overdue” given that Omar had already expressed concern to him about security threats a month ago.

“I think that this is a unique threat. I have found the sergeant at arms to be too slow to respond to death threats as it relates to certain members of Congress,” Carson said. “FBI and local police ... [have been] quicker to respond because it's something they deal with probably on a regular basis.”

He later clarified: "I don't think that there is an anti-Muslim underlying factor as it relates to the sergeant at arms. … I just think it's new."

Thompson acknowledged that the sergeant at arms has “a fairly rigorous process they go through and sometimes that is time-consuming.”

Omar, one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, stirred controversy last week when month-old comments she delivered to the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights group, circulated across conservative media. In that speech, Omar condemned those who blamed all Muslims for the 9/11 attacks based on the actions of a few extremists.

"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.

Trump elevated the issue on Friday in a tweet that cut her edited comments with scenes from the 9/11 attacks. Since then, Omar says she’s received a rash of new death threats, prompting Pelosi to speak directly with the House sergeant at arms to ensure steps are being taken to ensure Omar’s safety.

Pelosi also suggested Trump had made Omar a more prominent target of anti-Muslim violence, saying “his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger.” And CBC leaders on Monday quickly piled on.

“His actions have endangered Ilhan, all Muslims, and all people that he has targeted unfairly,” Carson said.

Carson characterized Trump’s Omar tweet as “a new low,” but said it fits a larger “pattern” of a president acting to enliven his conservative base by attacking minorities.

“Trump's rhetoric helps fuel the anger that drove a white nationalist to gun down 50 worshippers praying at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand,” Carson said, referring to the shooting massacre last month targeting Muslims. “I'm not saying he's responsible, but it's contributing to a very hostile atmosphere that we live in right now.”