Ocasio-Cortez: Trump has 'put millions of Americans in danger' with attacks on minority lawmakers

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez to hold campaign rallies in Los Angeles, Las Vegas Overwhelming majority say social media companies have too much influence: poll MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE put "millions of Americans in danger" after a "send her back" chant targeting Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE (D-Minn.) broke out at his rally in North Carolina. 

"The president put millions of Americans in danger last night. His rhetoric is endangering lots of people," Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Capitol Hill. "It’s not just about threats to individual members of Congress, but it is about creating a volatile environment in this country through violent rhetoric that puts anyone like Ilhan, anyone who believes in the rights of all people, in danger. He has a responsibility for that environment."

The comments from the New York congresswoman came just a day after a rally crowd repeatedly chanted "send her back" as Trump criticized Omar, a U.S. citizen who fled Somalia with her family as a child. 

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The chants occurred amid a week in which Trump has repeatedly singled out four minority congresswomen. On Sunday, the president said that the lawmakers — Omar, Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' House passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) — should "go back" to the "crime infested places" they came from before speaking out about the United States government. 

Trump also claimed that the women had come "from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe." Omar is the only one among the four to be born outside the U.S. They are all U.S. citizens.

The House on Tuesday voted to condemn Trump's remarks as racist. Multiple Democratic lawmakers have since called for enhanced security for members of Congress in wake of the chants at Trump's Greenville, N.C., rally. 

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenDemocrats reach cusp of impeachment Feehery: Losing faith in the people and the Constitution Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race MORE (D-Texas) said on the House floor that he was planning to introduce legislation that addresses security resources for lawmakers. 

“This is an important time in this country. These are dangerous times. Every member of this House needs additional security,” Green said. 

Trump has adamantly stood by his remarks about the congresswomen, repeatedly saying that they should leave the U.S. if they are unhappy. He said Thursday that he disagreed with the "send her back" chants. 

Asked why he didn't try to stop the chants, the president said that he "started speaking very quickly" to silence it. Video shows he paused for about 14 seconds after the chants began.