On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump retweeted a right-wing Internet personality’s lie that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) “partied on the anniversary of 9/11.”
The tweet Trump was quoting was from Terrence Williams, who has been a Trump superfan online where he makes videos ridiculing Democrats and praising the president. Williams’ tweet has either been deleted or removed, but here’s a screenshot:
In his tweet, the president wrote “IIhan Omar, a member of AOC Plus 3, will win us the Great State of Minnesota. The new face of the Democrat Party!”
But the video was completely out of context — it was recorded at the Congressional Black Caucus’ (CBC) retreat. Omar wrote on Twitter, “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?”
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? https://t.co/XdkRVrU7mZ
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) September 18, 2019
A number of figures condemned Trump’s amplification of the tweet, including CNN’s Jake Tapper, who wrote, “Is there really no one in the White House, no one in the GOP, who sees that this is indecent and unacceptable behavior?”
This isn’t even the first time that Trump has retweeted Williams. In mid-August, the president retweeted one of Williams’ posts in which he suggested that Bill Clinton was responsible for the death of Jeffrey Epstein. At that time, the president called Williams “a very respected conservative pundit.”
President Trump has made a habit of leveling attacks on Omar and her young, Democratic colleagues. Some of those attacks have been tied to accusations of blatant racism and at one of the president’s rallies, the crowd erupted into chants of “send her back” — referring to Omar’s birthplace of Somalia.