2020 Dems defend Omar amid Trump criticism

Democratic presidential hopefuls are coming to the defense of Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMerkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump ESPN host Dan Le Batard tears into Trump, as well as his own network, for 'cowardly' no-politics policy Biden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll MORE (D-Minn.) after President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE hammered her on Friday over comments she made last month about 9/11.

Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll Analysis: Harris, Buttigieg and Trump lead among California donations The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren adds her pronouns to Twitter bio Biden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE (D-Mass.), former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeThe Hill's Campaign Report: Stage set for second Democratic showdown Biden, Harris set for second Democratic debate showdown 2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally MORE (D-Texas) and Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeBiden, Harris set for second Democratic debate showdown 2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Dems open to killing filibuster in next Congress MORE (D-Wash.) all took to social media to defend the Minnesota Democrat, who has become a favorite target of conservatives on Capitol Hill and the media, after the president tweeted out a critical video with edited footage of comments she made in March about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won't back down to Trump's racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) also accused the president of inciting violence against Omar and other American Muslims while calling on lawmakers to condemn his rhetoric.

"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," she tweeted Friday evening.

Trump earlier in the day tweeted out an edited video of Omar, which splices together her saying “some people did something,” referring to the 9/11 attacks, with footage of the damaged World Trade Center and Pentagon. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTop Missouri newspaper condemns GOP's 'shameful silence' on Trump's 'racism' Restaurant in city where Trump rally held donating profits to immigrants Crowd chanting 'welcome home Ilhan' greets Omar at airport MORE (D-N.Y.), a progressive ally of Omar, urged Democrats to come to her defense on Friday and thanked Sanders and Warren on Twitter for weighing in on the Minnesota lawmaker's behalf.

O'Rourke only hinted at Trump's tweet, saying "We are stronger than this president’s hatred and Islamophobia. Do not let him drive us apart or make us afraid."

Inslee said Trump's video "deliberately" puts Omar and American Muslims in danger.

Conservatives have slammed Omar’s comment from her speech to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) last month. Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground Liberal think tank: GOP paid parental leave proposals are too narrow Racial politics roil Democratic Party MORE (R-Texas) called the comment “unbelievable” and Fox News host Brian Kilmeade questioned on air, “You have to wonder if she’s an American first.”

Omar has pushed back on those going after her remark while noting that much of the criticism ignores a portion of her quote in which she says many Muslims in the U.S. were unjustly 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.

Trump has emerged as a vocal detractor of Omar, calling for her to resign in February over comments about pro-Israel lobbying groups that were criticized as anti-Semitic.

“Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress,” Trump said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House. “And I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”

Updated at 8:50 p.m.