Trump disavows 'send her back' cry, Omar stands defiant

Clay Curtis
July 20, 2019

Omar received a very different reception when she returned home to Minnesota Thursday night and was greeted by crowds of supporters at the airport. I woke up today equally disgusted - chants like "send her back" are ugly, wrong, & would send chills down the spines of our Founding Fathers.

The chanting stemmed from Mr Trump tweeting that politicians, who he did not name, should "go back" to their countries.

"I believe he is fascist", she said. And during a recent Fox News interview, his administration's deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said that Trump recently told advisers: "Listen, I'm not going to be beholden to courts anymore".

He added: "They don't love our country. It's doing great, and I am afraid if we don't re-elect the president, that will stop".

President Donald Trump intensified his vilification of four liberal lawmakers as un-American at a rally Wednesday, underscoring that the attacks will be a key part of his strategy for winning re-election in 2020.

Last weekend he ignited the firestorm by tweeting the four should "go back" to where they came from if they do not like the United States. Democrats, meanwhile, pointed to the episode as a rallying cry to energy and mobilize their supporters to vote Trump out of office. The four women are Ms Omar, 37, Rashida Tlaib, 42, Ayanna Pressley, 45, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives voted to condemn Trump's remarks as "racist", but Trump dismissed any contention he is a racist.

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of IL tweeted that it was "ugly, wrong, & would send chills down the spines of our Founding Fathers".

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The group of suburban Republicans, mostly around retirement age in collared shirts and slacks, showed none of the hostility to the news media common at Trump's rallies and welcomed a Reuters reporter's questions about the political maelstrom swirling after what Elise Kay, 61, called the president's latest tweetstorm "kerfuffle".

He referred to statements by three of them in his tweet, but there are four in the group - Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of MA and Rashida Tlaib of MI. "This ugliness must end, or we risk our great union".

The president on Friday again ramped up his attacks against US Representative Ilhan Omar, saying he was "unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman can hate our country".

Walker, who called the chant "offensive", was among about 10 House GOP leaders who had breakfast Thursday with Vice President Mike Pence at Pence's residence in Washington. He falsely said he tried to stop the crowd. Trump's allies distanced themselves from the chant, fretting over the voters it might turn off in next year's election and beyond.

"We don't need to take it that far where we change the narrative of the story", he said he told Pence.

North Carolina congressman Mark Walker said that he "struggled" with the chant and that the focus should be on "her history, words & actions" instead of "phrasing that's painful to our friends in the minority communities".

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday condemned President Donald Trump's xenophobic tweets against four minority Democratic congresswomen, saying the U.S. leader's attacks "go against what makes America great". Others tried to delegitimize Omar in memes that falsely claim Obama resettled 70,000 Somali refugees in Minnesota in an effort to ensure her election.

Matt Bennett, executive vice president of Third Way, a centrist Democratic think tank, said there was a danger the party could play into Trump's hands unless a moderate such as Biden pushes back at the president's attempts to frame the election as a contest between himself and a risky leftist.

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