Omar asks Twitter what it's doing in response to Trump spreading 'lies that put my life at risk'

Omar asks Twitter what it's doing in response to Trump spreading 'lies that put my life at risk'
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Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan Omar Omar: 'Disappointing' that we're 'sending money to less people than the Trump administration' House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade MORE (D-Minn.) asked Wednesday what Twitter would do about “lies that put my life at risk” after President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE promoted a false claim that a video of her and Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPressley says image of Black custodial staff cleaning up Capitol after Jan. 6 riot 'haunts' her DeJoy apologizes for mail delays while defending Postal Service changes DeJoy set for grilling by House Oversight panel MORE (D-Mass.) dancing was filmed on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

“This is from a CBC event we hosted this weekend to celebrate black women in Congress. The President of the United States is continuing to spread lies that put my life at risk. What is Twitter doing to combat this misinformation?” Omar tweeted after Trump quote-tweeted a tweet from user Terrence K. Williams falsely claiming the Sept. 13 video was taken on Sept. 11.

The clip of the two dancing to Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” initially went viral on Saturday after it was first tweeted, with the rapper and singer, who, like Omar, is from Minneapolis, retweeting it.


After the quote-tweet from the president, which Williams also retweeted, Williams apparently deleted the original. The Hill has reached out to Williams for comment. A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to The Hill that the tweet was not deleted as a result of any action by the company.

Trump previously retweeted Williams when he suggested the Clintons had ordered the killing of financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

Omar also retweeted several other accounts noting the lie, including CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperAll eyes on Manchin after COVID-19 aid passes Senate Sunday shows: Manchin in the spotlight after pivotal role in coronavirus aid debate Michigan governor touts J&J vaccine after Detroit mayor turns down doses MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Progressives' majority delusions politically costly Sinema pushes back on criticism of her vote against minimum wage MORE (I-Vt.) and Sirius XM host Zerlina Maxwell.

Death threats against Omar previously spiked after Trump tweeted a video splicing images of the 9/11 attacks with comments Omar made saying that in the wake of the attacks, all Muslims were considered suspect because “some people did something,” which prompted outrage on the right and accusations of trivializing the terrorist attacks.


Omar later doubled down on calls for Twitter to take action against the president's account, tweeting: "Enough! Twitter needs to hold this #Lyingpresident accountable."