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House Representative Ilhan Omar from Minnesota was just sworn into Congress this year, but she’s already a name America knows. The freshman Congresswoman has also been someone President Donald Trump has targeted on his well-known Twitter account. On Friday, Trump tweeted a spliced video of Omar speaking at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in March about how terrorism leads to Islamophobia. The footage was edited against images of the 9/11 attacks. Trump wrote “we will never forget” in his tweet of the video.

NPR pointed out that Omar’s full unedited quote from her speech at CAIR read: “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

Following Trump’s tweet, Omar’s supporters took to Twitter to express their support. Those publicly in Omar’s corner include Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts).

Away from Capitol Hill, other well-known names showed their support.

Omar did not respond directly to the president’s tweets, but she did write a tweet to thank everyone who supported her on social media.

“No one person—no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious—can threaten my unwavering love for America,” she wrote. “I stand undeterred to continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans.”

Omar is the first Somali-American lawmaker in the U.S. In September of 2018, she spoke with ELLE about the significance of this achievement.

“I have a great sense of who I am,” she said then. “I am very focused on creating positive change. And unless someone is a willing contributor to creating that positive change, their feedback or criticism, especially criticism that is about my personal life and the way that I live my life or the way that I dress or who I worship, has no actual bearing on the things that I take into consideration and the decisions that I make.”

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