This week at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, those assembled in honor of President Donald Trump burst into chants of “Send Her Back!” targeting Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who was born in Somalia. Somehow, some noted, the Trump camp has managed to come up with something possibly even more repugnant than their anti-Hillary “Lock Her Up!” chants. Following the rally, support for Omar poured out across social media. As of early Thursday morning, almost a quarter of a million tweets had been posted with the hashtag “#IStandWithIlhan.”
Public figures speaking out ranged from Democratic presidential candidate and longtime U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders to Belgian politician and member of the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt.
Verhofstadt bluntly insisted of the rally incident:
‘This is monstrous. It deserves condemnation by the free world.’
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) July 18, 2019
‘Trump knows that when we stand together and fight for racial, social, economic and environmental justice, we have the power to defeat him. So the demagogue is doing what he knows best: Divide and conquer through hate. His attacks only make us stronger.’
Trump has singled out Omar for criticism before. At one point recently, he posted a video of her remarks about the incident interspersed with footage from the 9/11 attacks themselves, claiming — as others on the right did as well — that Omar at the very least was dismissing their significance. In fact, she was praising those who recognized that the incident was not some conspiratorial work of the global Muslim community at large and every Muslim is not responsible.
Trump didn’t stop there, though. In recent days, lumping her in with three other progressive women of color newly serving in Congress including New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib, and Massachusetts’s Ayanna Pressley, Trump has bluntly claimed that Omar hates America, may have married her brother, and more. He publicly demanded that Omar and the others he targeted “go back where they came from” — although to be clear, she is the only one in the group even born outside the U.S., and they’re all U.S. citizens.
In a break with precedent for handling presidential remarks, the U.S. House voted this week to condemn the president’s behavior as “racist.” It’s not like that was poised to stop him however.
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