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

Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) warned Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE is endangering the life of one of their members, Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTrump to return to North Carolina to stump for special election candidate Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support 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 ThompsonPelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment DHS cyber agency to prioritize election security, Chinese threats Trump officials unveil rule allowing indefinite migrant family detentions 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 BassKing incites furor with abortion, rape and incest remarks Reuniting families is a critical step in diplomacy with North Korea Democrats warn of Trump trap 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 PelosiPelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? Pelosi says Dems 'have to be ready to throw a punch — for the children' in 2020 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.”