Trump Attacks Ilhan Omar For ‘Hating America,’ Criticizes Somali Refugee Program
He accused her of being an American-hating al Qaeda sympathizer, and criticized Minnesota voters for electing her.
“Congresswoman Omar is a America-hating socialist,” said Trump. “She minimized the September 11th attack on our homeland, where far more than 3,000 people died. Saying, ‘some people did something.'”
Omar has denied any remarks minimizing the terrorist attack.
“She pleaded for compassion for ISIS recruits right here in Minnesota,” Trump said as the crowd booed in agreement.
“How do you have such a person representing you in Minnesota? I’m very angry at you people here,” he continued. “She is a disgrace to our country and she is one of the reasons that I’m going to win and the Republican party is going to win Minnesota in 13 months.”
Trump trashes Ilhan Omar while taunting a protester who is being escorted out of the arena
“She is a disgrace to our country,” he says. pic.twitter.com/ebcRvUvXGj
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 11, 2019
Trump also accused Omar of marrying her brother to skirt U.S. immigration law. She arrived as a Somali refugee, a topic that Trump criticized at the rally.
“For many years, leaders in Washington brought large numbers of refugees to your state from Somalia without considering the impact on schools and communities and taxpayers,” said Trump.
“I promise you that as president, I would give local communities a greater say in refugee policy,” he said, using Omar’s native country as a segue into speaking about stricter immigration laws.
Omar, who is one of the first two Muslim congresswomen and the first to to wear a headscarf on the House floor, fired back at Trump on Twitter hate.
“At his rally just now, Trump called me an ‘America-hating socialist’ and a ‘disgrace.’ He shouted xenophobic conspiracy theories about me. He scolded my district for voting for me,” she wrote.
“His hate is no match for our movement,” she wrote, adding a link to donate to her reelection campaign.
At his rally just now, Trump called me an “America-hating socialist” and a “disgrace.” He shouted xenophobic conspiracy theories about me. He scolded my district for voting for me.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 11, 2019