President Donald Trump attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar on Thursday for having fled the Somali Civil War when she was a child. Trump stated that Omar, who is an American citizen, is “telling us how to run our country.”
“How about Omar of Minnesota?” Trump asked a rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. “We’re going to win the state of Minnesota because of her, they say. She’s telling us how to run our country. How did you do where you came from? How’s your country doing? She’s going to tell us — she’s telling us how to run our country.”
Omar responded on Twitter by writing: "Firstly, this is my country & I am a member of the House that impeached you. Secondly, I fled civil war when I was 8. An 8-year-old doesn’t run a country even though you run our country like one."
Trump has previously attacked Omar and other progressive politicians, telling them to "go back" to “the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”
....and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. 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....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
Accused of racism, Trump responded: "Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show 'weakness' and fall into their trap."
Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show “weakness” and fall into their trap. This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2019
Omar condemned the tweets at the time, writing: “This is a president who has overseen the most corrupt administration in our history. To distract from that, he’s launching a blatantly racist attack on four duly elected members of the United States House of Representatives, all of whom are women of color."
“This is the agenda of white nationalists, whether it is happening in chat rooms or it’s happening on national TV. And now it’s reached the White House garden."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded by writing: “When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to “Make America Great Again” has always been about making America white again. Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power."
“Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values,” Pelosi wrote in another tweet. "Stop the raids.”