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‘She’s telling us how to run our country’: Trump again goes after Ilhan Omar’s Somali roots

President Donald Trump on Tuesday attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar yet again for her Somali origins, saying the Minnesota Democrat is “telling us how to run our country.”

“How about Omar of Minnesota?” Trump said at a rally in Moon Township, Pa., outside Pittsburgh. “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 is a U.S. citizen — a requirement for serving in Congress — and was naturalized after coming to the country as a child refugee from Somalia.

The comment was one of the president’s many jabs suggesting Omar is not an American. Going after her has become almost a staple of his campaign rallies, where he often focuses on her more than other progressive lawmakers critical of the president.

Omar is one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress and the first to wear the hijab. She has been the subject of relentless Islamophobic attacks since running for office in 2018.

Last year, Trump called for Omar and some of her progressive peers in Congress to “go back” to “the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.” Trump supporters also chanted “send her back” during a rally last year, a line that has become common among his base.

During a rally last week, Trump called Omar an “extremist” and said Democrats wanted to allow into the country Somali and Yemeni refugees who he said were coming from “Jihadist regions.” He also bragged about deporting Somali nationals during that rally, calling them “hardened criminals” who are “back in their country where they can do all the complaining they want.” He held the rally in Minnesota, the state with one of the largest ethnic Somali communities in the country.


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Trump crowd chants 'lock her up' about Omar as president warns of refugees in Minnesota

President Trump's supporters on Wednesday broke into a "lock her up" chant about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) as the president warned of the dangers of allowing refugees to resettle in Minnesota.

Trump took aim at Omar during a rally in Duluth. The president brought up the first-term congresswoman and Somali refugee during a broader riff complaining about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's pledge to significantly increase refugee admissions from numbers Trump has cut it to during his first term.

"Another massive issue for Minnesota is the election of Joe Biden’s plan to inundate your state with a historic flood of refugees," Trump said. "Congratulations, Minnesota. Congratulations. No."

"What is going on with Omar?" he continued, citing unproven claims tying Omar to a ballot harvesting scheme. "I’ve been reading these reports for two years about how corrupt and crooked she is. Let’s get with it. Let’s get with it."

The rally crowd then broke into a chant of "lock her up," which originated during Trump's run against Hillary Clinton in 2016. It marked the latest escalation of attacks on Omar, however.

The president has lobbed racist attacks at the congresswoman dating back to last year, when a rally crowd chanted "send her back" as Trump looked on. The president also spliced together footage of Omar with footage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Last week, the president complained that Omar shouldn't be critical of the United States, asking "how is your country doing?" Omar, who is a U.S. citizen, arrived in the United States as a child after her family fled war-torn Somalia. 

Minnesota has among the highest population of refugees per capita, but Trump has drastically cut how many refugees can enter the country annually. During Wednesday's rally, he painted the prospect of those fleeing war-torn countries as a danger to Minnesotans way of life.

The president claimed Biden would propose a "700 percent increase in refugees coming from the most dangerous places in the world, including Yemen, Syria, and your favorite country, Somalia."

"Biden will turn Minnesota into a refugee camp … overwhelming public resources, overcrowding schools and inundating your hospitals," he added.


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