Friday, 15 November, 2019

Ilhan Omar, US congresswoman in eye of political storm

Donald Trump Donald Trump launched a personal attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar at a campaign rally in North Carolina Credit AFP
Patty Aguilar | 20 July, 2019, 01:39

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is refusing to address the myriad of questions surrounding her alleged fraudulent marriage even after an investigation by state authorities found she filed joint tax returns with one man even though she was still married to another. "They even covered a tiny staged crowd as they greeted Foul Mouthed Omar in Minnesota, a..." I woke up today equally disgusted - chants like "send her back" are ugly, wrong, & would send chills down the spines of our Founding Fathers.

Omar was born in Mogadishu, and when she was eight her family fled Somalia's civil war.

A day after a crowd at a raucous Trump rally in North Carolina chanted "send her back" about one of the Democratic women, Somali-born U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, these Republican voters in Florida focused their agenda on a discussion with their local sheriff about traffic and avoiding tickets under a new state law that banned texting while driving.

"When I said I was the president's nightmare, well you're watching it now because his nightmare is seeing a Somali immigrant refugee rise to Congress", she said. "They did. And I disagreed with it".

In a week that has been full of hostile exchanges over race and love of country on both sides, Trump returned to a pattern that has become familiar during controversies of his own making: Ignite a firestorm, backtrack from it, but then double down on his original, inflammatory position. The president said they ought to "go back" to their home countries to "fix" things there before criticizing the U.S. Democrats, meanwhile, pointed to the episode as a rallying cry to energy and mobilize their supporters to vote Trump out of office. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of MI and Ayanna Pressley of MA.

Despite the uproar over his comments, condemned as "racist" by the Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives, Trump stepped up his attacks at a rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, where the incendiary chants broke out.

Republican leader Mitch McConnell told the Fox Business Network on Thursday that Mr Trump is "on to something" by attacking the four congresswomen as their policies will be important in the upcoming election.

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

The White House and Democrats in Congress have been embroiled in a public feud since the president tweeted Sunday that a group of progressive congresswomen "who originally came from countries where governments are a complete and total catastrophe" should "go back and fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came". "This ugliness must end, or we risk our great union".

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But he had clearly set if up in the tweet he posted last Sunday attacking Ilhan Omar and three other Democratic lawmakers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, saying they hate the United States and they should "go back" to the "totally broken and crime-infested" countries they came from.

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.

Mr Trump has distanced himself from the chants.

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

'When you are telling any American citizen of a different color than you, to send them back, I too didn't think this is something you would see, especially going into 2020, ' said McCain.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday condemned Trump's xenophobic tweets against four minority Democratic congresswomen, saying the United States leader's attacks "go against what makes America great".

His criticism of Omar included a false accusation that she has voiced pride in Al-Qaeda.

Trump and his campaign are trying to make the four congresswomen the faces of the Democratic Party.

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