Lawmakers are asking for increased security for themselves and their colleagues on Thursday following President Donald Trump’s campaign rally on Wednesday where the crowd broke into chants of “send her back,” directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar, an immigrant congresswoman and Democrat who has openly criticized the way the United States conducts itself.
The charge was lead by Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas, who announced that he will introduce legislation that would allow more security resources for lawmakers, according to The Hill.
Currently, leadership in Congress have dedicated security, rank-and-file members do not, and Green believes that needs to change:
“This is an important time in this country. These are dangerous times. Every member of this House needs additional security,” Green said according to The Hill.
“Leadership has adequate security. Members do not have adequate security. I want to thwart the efforts of those who might want to harm a member of this House,” Green continued.
When she was asked by reporters if she was concerned about her own safety Omar, who is one of the first members of Congress and has received negative attention for her movements against Israel, said “I am not. What I’m scared for is the safety for people who share my identity.”
“This is not about me. This is about fighting for what this country should be and what it deserves to be,” Omar said.
Omar also pointed out that it should be the mission of lawmakers to send the message that we’re “all welcome, irregardless of what [Trump] says.”
“And so I’m going to go vote on minimum wage and uplift millions of people,” she said as she stepped into the House chamber as lawmakers prepared to vote on legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Another of the lawmakers that is reportedly under fire is New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is one of the four congresswomen that the president has been involved in a feud with this week.
Ocasio-Cortez said that she is concerned for her own safety, and accused the president of targeting the minority lawmakers at risk of inciting violence against them.
“Of course. I think part of the point is to target us,” she said. “The president is evolving, as predicted, deeper into. … the rhetoric of racism which evolves into violence.”
She added: “It’s natural to be concerned about our security.”