'Welcome Home, Ilhan!' Omar Greeted With Cheering Crowd After Return To Minnesota

Al Green

Al Green

Ms Omar is a U.S. citizen who emigrated from Somalia with her family after fleeing the country's civil war.

When Trump decided earlier this week to exploit the rift between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez's group, his campaign saw a way to use his tweets in its narrative that the four had become the new standard-bearers for the party, said Ford O'Connell, a Republican who works with the campaign on strategy and messaging.

"Omar has a history of launching vicious anti-Semitic attacks".

Trump, talking to reporters on the White House South Lawn prior to a weekend visit to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, agreed that the four have a constitutionally protected freedom of speech, but that he has the right to respond. "That does not need to be our campaign call".

President Donald Trump threw some jabs at the media Friday morning over its coverage of a divisive chant heard at one of his rallies this week.

Robin Mayo holds a Trump flag during a roadside sign waving rally with supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump in the Pinellas County city of Clearwater, Florida, U.S., May 15, 2019.

His comments came just days after he attacked Omar and three other minority congresswomen - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley - in a series of racist tweets in which he told the four women to go back to where they came from.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives voted to condemn Trump's remarks as "racist", but Trump dismissed any contention he is a racist. Democrats, meanwhile, pointed to the episode as a rallying cry to energize and mobilize their supporters to vote Trump out of office. "They did. And I disagreed with it", Mr Trump said.

They have "a big obligation and the obligation is to love your country", he said. "It has to do with respecting and loving the country that has given you the opportunities which you have".

Trump tapped into grievances among white blue-collar and rural Americans to eke out a narrow victory in 2016 and he's hoping to do the same again next year. African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities account for the rest and tend to vote for Democrats.

The reference was to Somalianborn Muslim Ilhan Omar.

Senator Lindsay Graham, a vocal Trump supporter, defended the president, though he said he wished Mr Trump would focus on "policies not the personality". We have condemned his racist remarks.

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The day after the rally, Omar told reporters, "I believe he is fascist". In February, the 37-year-old sparked an uproar when she suggested money is why so many USA politicians support Israel. She is the mother of two daughters and a son, ranging in age from 7 to 15. He was also accusing her of supporting Al-Qaeda and smearing the USA military involved in the Somalian war. They spent four years at a refugee camp in Kenya before immigrating to the United States.

A Somali blog accused her of marrying her brother and of being a bigamist.

Some Republicans have also urged Trump to tone down the rhetoric.

FILE - In this January 3, 2017, file photo, State Rep. Ilhan Omar takes the oath of office as the 2017 Legislature convened in St. Paul, Minn.

Referring to the shooting down of a Special Forces helicopter by militants in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, he said: "She smeared US Service members involved in Black Hawk Down".

"They never have anything good to say, which is why I say, "If they don't like it, let them leave".

"I want them to keep loving our country".

In both instances, the uproar and condemnation from her Democratic colleagues, and many Republican lawmakers as well, was quick and unrelenting.

They're three words that have sparked widespread reaction across a wide variety of media.

FILE - From left, U.S. Reps.

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar won a Minnesota seat in the House of Representatives in the 2018 mid-term elections.

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