2020 Dems defend Omar amid Trump criticism

Democratic presidential hopefuls are coming to the defense of Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez plans visit to Kentucky despite being disinvited by GOP colleague Man arrested for threatening Dems, citing Omar comments Omar mocks Trump's claims of 'presidential harassment': 'Just lived through one!' MORE (D-Minn.) after President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE hammered her on Friday over comments she made last month about 9/11.

Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersResurfaced Buttigieg yearbook named him 'most likely to be president' On The Money: House Dem says marijuana banking bill will get vote in spring | Buttigieg joins striking Stop & Shop workers | US home construction slips in March | Uber gets B investment for self-driving cars Buttigieg joins striking Stop & Shop workers MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenResurfaced Buttigieg yearbook named him 'most likely to be president' The STATES Act will expose flawed marijuana legacy Impeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent MORE (D-Mass.), former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeSanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina On The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump MORE (D-Texas) and Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert Inslee2020 Dems call on Mueller to testify about redacted report Washington state Senate votes to eliminate some vaccine exemptions amid measles outbreak Inslee calls on DNC to hold debate focused on climate change 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.


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-CortezTlaib rallies in support of Green New Deal at Detroit town hall Ocasio-Cortez plans visit to Kentucky despite being disinvited by GOP colleague Overnight Energy: Flint residents can sue EPA over water crisis | Environmentalists see victory with Green New Deal blitz | March global temperatures were second hottest on record | EPA told to make final decision on controversial pesticide 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 CrenshawOcasio-Cortez plans visit to Kentucky despite being disinvited by GOP colleague Ocasio-Cortez knocks Republican over Kentucky trip: 'GOP thought they could catch us with a bluff' Overnight Energy: Collins receives more donations from Texas oil, gas industry than from Maine residents | Interior chief left meetings off schedule | Omar controversy jeopardizes Ocasio-Cortez trip to coal mine 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.