Ilhan Omar, US congresswoman in eye of political storm

Grant Boone
July 19, 2019

They also greeted her with a standing ovation at the top of a town hall she hosted about medicare, a sold out event whose location wasn't widely advertised out of precautions for her safety.

"Welcome home Ilhan!" the crowd cheered when Omar walked into the airport. Immediately, she said it "felt good to be home".

Omar, who was born in Somalia, is one of four newly elected Democratic congresswomen to repeatedly clash with the President.

In that tweet, Trump cast the women as foreigners who should return to the "broken and crime-infested places from which they came". Supporters at the rally then began chanting, "Send her back".

Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks to supporters on Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Minnesota.

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After Mr. Trump and the crowd were widely criticized, Mr. Trump claimed Thursday he was "not happy" with the chant, although he did nothing to stop it during the rally.

Trump's apparent disavowal came after expressions of concern from Republicans and outright outrage from Democrats, who accused the President of stoking racist sentiments among his white working class base. He also heard from Vice President Mike Pence.

Omar's immediate response Wednesday night was with a pair of tweets, first writing, "I am where I belong, at the people's house, and you're just gonna have to deal!"

"We care about her, we love her and she is representing our voice at the capitol", said State Rep. Mohamud Noor, in a phone interview with theGrio from Minnesota. In February, the 37-year-old sparked an uproar when she suggested money is why so many USA politicians support Israel. 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.

"I know there are a lot of people that are trying to distract us now, but I want you all to know that we are not going to let them", said Omar.

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