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Democrats Rally Behind Rep. Ilhan Omar's Defense In Wake Of Trump's Latest Attack On The Freshman Lawmaker

President Donald Trump took Omar's comments out of context in a video posted to Twitter.

The left rallied behind Rep. Ilhan Omar after President Donald Trump tweeted a video attacking the freshman lawmaker for allegedly downplaying the significance of 9/11. 

Trump launched the dog whistle attack Friday stoking hate and vitriol among his base aimed at Omar's perceived lack of patriotism.

In the short clip, the Minnesota Democrat can be seen giving a speech from last month to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Her image is interspersed between other clips of the two towers set ablaze and falling as well as other chaotic moments from the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.

"We will never forget!" He wrote. 

According to The New York Times, the young congresswoman gave the speech to push back against Islamophobia stemming from 9/11. American Muslims “lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it,” she said in March.

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Omar — who is the first Somali American woman in Congress — commented on the perpetrators stating that other Muslims were scapegoated because of the terrorists' faith and actions: “Because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” The edited video utilized that statement to vilify the 37-year-old.

Democrats and others on the left saw this latest attack on a Black woman as one of the lowest moments of Trump's presidency. Critics called upon lawmakers and Democratic presidential candidates to come to her defense. 

Among the scores of defenders, members of the Jewish community and presidential hopefuls Julián Castro, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren condemned Trump for the apparent anti-Muslim attack. 

The latest online assault comes a week after the arrest of a New York man who made death threats toward Omar. Supporters fear the continued online harassment spearheaded by Trump will further endanger the 37-year-old's life. 

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