Trump Rally Targets Congresswoman Ilhan Omar with Racist Chant

President Donald Trump continued his attacks on Democratic congresswomen during a rally in North Carolina on July 17.

The president targeted New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, Massachusetts Representative Ayanna Pressley and Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib, collectively known as the Squad, this week, ABC News reported. The crowd responded with boos as Trump mentioned each congresswoman.

While singling out Omar and distorting her remarks about the terror attacks during September 11, he accused her of “having a history of launching vicious anti-Semitic” remarks. His speech on Omar, a Somali refugee who came to the US when she was a child, prompted the crowd to chant, “Send her back!”

“Omar blamed the United States for the crisis in Venezuela. I mean, think of that one. And she looks down with contempt on the hard-working Americans saying that ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country,” Trump said. “And, obviously and importantly, Omar has a history of launching vicious anti-Semitic screeds.

“When she talked about the evil Israel and it’s ‘all about the Benjamins’ — not a good thing to say. So that’s Omar, that’s Omar,” Trump continued.

Trump also ripped into Pressley for thinking "people with the same skin color all need to think the same,” and tore into Tlaib for using the “F word,’ when talking about his presidency, according to ABC News.

In response to the President’s rally, Omar tweeted out a Maya Angelou poem. “You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise - Maya Angelou,” Omar wrote. Following that tweet, she wrote on the social media platform that she is where she belongs “at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal!”

Trump’s comments against Omar prompted many lawmakers to rally behind her. On Twitter, the #IStandWithIlhan has gone viral and Democratic presidential candidates are throwing her support behind her.

“#IStandWithIlhan and am proud to work with her in Congress,” Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted. “Trump is stoking the most despicable and disturbing currents in our society. And that very hatred and racism fuels him. We must fight together to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of our country.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) also tweeted her support for Omar, calling out Trump for attempting to distract the country “from his own crimes.”

“This president is desperate. Calling out his racism, xenophobia, and misogyny is imperative. But he’s trying to divide us and distract from his own crimes, and from his deeply unpopular agenda of letting the wealthy and well-connected rip off the country,” Warren wrote. “We must do more.”

‘We must call out those who remain silent. We must initiate impeachment proceedings to hold him accountable. And we must build an unstoppable grassroots movement that resoundingly defeats not just Trump, but complicit Republicans everywhere,” Warren continued in a second tweet. On July 14, Trump tweeted that the four congresswomen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.” Three of the women were born in the US, with the exception of Omar.

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all) now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” Trump tweeted.

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done,” Trump continued.

On July 16, the House of Representatives passed a resolution to condemn Trump for his racist attacks against the four Democratic congresswomen, NPR previously reported. The House vote was 240-187, with only four Republicans supporting the measure.

"Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president's racist tweets," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. "To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people."

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