“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace interviewed White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Sunday and asked her to comment on U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent attack on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Wallace showed Sanders five seconds of a video Trump tweeted, the only part of the video Wallace said “we felt comfortable showing,” before asking Sanders if she is concerned the president is inciting violence.
The video Trump tweeted Saturday suggested that Omar, a U.S. representative from Minnesota, had been dismissive of the 9/11 attacks that destroyed New York's World Trade Center and struck the Pentagon outside Washington. The video spliced news footage of 9/11 with a clip from a speech Omar gave last month in which she described the attack as "some people did something."
"Now, that was the only five seconds we felt comfortable showing," Wallace said. "It goes on in a much worse way of her seeming, no question about it, to minimize 9/11 and then horrible images from 9/11."
"Why is the president comfortable putting out horrible images like that?" Wallace then asked. "Does he worry at all about inciting violence against Muslims in general or Ilhan Omar in specific?"
"Certainly nothing could be further from the truth," Sanders responded. "The president is not trying to incite violence against anybody."
Lawmakers from Trump's Republican Party have accused Omar of minimizing the Sept. 11, 2001, hijacked plane attacks by al Qaeda on the United States that killed almost 3,000 people, while critics of the president say he took Omar's words out of context in order to stoke anti-Muslim sentiment.
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Several prominent Democrats, including presidential candidates Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, condemned Trump's tweet, saying he was inciting racism and violence toward Omar with the video. Omar has said she has been the target of islamophobic death threats.
Reuters contributed to this report