Ocasio-Cortez says Ilhan Omar’s ‘life is in danger’ after Trump tweets 9/11 video

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is urging lawmakers to speak out against President Trump, who shared a video that was edited to suggest that Representative Ilhan Omar downplayed the 9/11 attacks.

"Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President's explicit attack today," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Friday. "@IlhanMN's life is in danger. For our colleagues to be silent is to be complicit in the outright, dangerous targeting of a member of Congress. We must speak out."

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Her post came after Trump tweeted the video that "showed snippets of comments Omar made last month at a banquet for a Muslim civil rights organisation interspersed with footage of the twin towers burning," notes the Washington Post.

Ocasio-Cortez wasn't the only one to criticise Trump's tweet.

"Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage," Bernie Sanders wrote on Twitter. "She won't back down to Trump's racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end."