Trump praises 'incredible' crowds after racist chanting at Ilhan Omar

Saturday, 20 Jul, 2019

Omar, the biggest target of online vitriol among the four legislators, has made comments that raise eyebrows, including a remark this spring in which she referenced the September 11 attacks by saying that "some people did something". Three of the four were born in the United States.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, the freshmen congresswoman who had been a target for racist attacks from President Donald Trump and his supporters this week, received cheers of support at her own unofficial rally at a Minnesota airport on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, President Trump doubled down in his racist attacks on the four progressive congresswomen of color, calling them "hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down". Although the famous Michelle Obama quote "When they go low, we go high" isn't suited for every potential confrontation, Omar's soaring grace on Twitter this week has made her come across as far above the racism that inspired it-without refusing to engage at all. Though, the chant - reminiscent of past Trump rallies' raucous "build the wall" and "lock her up" moments - actually went on for some time before the president cut in to continue his speech.

Even as the "send her back" controversy was erupting, Omar had other Democrats preparing to play defense over her "Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions" resolution, or "BDS" for short.

Rep. Yousef Rabhi, Democratic floor leader in the State House.

Trump also repeated a contested claim, characterizing as "fact" that Omar had married her brother, before acknowledging that he really didn't know.

"It's all about the Benjamins baby", she tweeted. Those comments drew a rebuke from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and politicians from both parties.

Omar apologized and said she was "listening and learning" from her peers.

"The attacks on her were definitely targeted and we care about her safety".

For her part, Omar turned the moment into a fundraising tool.

In his tweets Friday, Trump predicted he would win Minnesota next year, saying voters there "can't stand" Omar and "her hatred of our Country".

She then complained that Trump's hyper-focus on Omar's race and immigrant roots has suddenly prevented her from personally going after the Minnesota lawmaker as much as she'd like to. "I take him at his word". "I'm as American as everyone else", Omar declared in April.

All are American citizens, and all but Omar was born in the U.S. She fled to America as a child with her family from violence-wracked Somalia. At his rally, he criticized all four of them by name. "Regarding some of her comments I and others interpreted as anti-Semitic".