One of the first ever Muslim members of the US Congress has said that a tweet by President Donald Trump has led to an increase in threats against her life, the twitter post comes after her comment on 9/11 attacks.
Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar said the threats were sparked by “violent rhetoric”, accusing Mr Trump of stoking right-wing extremism.
“It has to stop,” Omar added.
It comes after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a new “security assessment to safeguard” the lawmaker.
The tweet showed Omar talking to a US-Muslim group about the 9/11 attacks.
On Monday, President Trump stepped up his attacks against Rep. Omar, calling her “out of control”.
The leader also said Speaker Pelosi “should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful US HATE statements Omar has made” before defending her.
Congresswoman Omar has become a lightning rod for criticism following her 2018 election.
Trump tweeted on Friday “WE WILL NEVER FORGET” alongside a 43-second edited video showing footage of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, spliced with a speech by Ms Omar.
“Some people did something,” she is seen saying, in between footage of planes hitting the World Trade Center, damage to the Pentagon and people fleeing buildings.
Democrats claimed the video does not provide context to Omar’s 20-minute speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair) on 23 March.
She was discussing civil rights for Muslim Americans in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
Republican critics said that her comment “some people did something” was offensive to the nearly 3,000 Americans killed in the attacks.