President Trump held a rally in Greenville, North Carolina last night during which he repeated his attacks against Rep. Ilhan Omar, reading excerpted quotes and falsely claiming she was supportive of Al Qaeda. Trump previously amplified the false right-wing smear that Omar had married her brother.

“These left-wing ideologues see our country as a force for evil,” Trump said referencing Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. “Rep. Omar blamed the United States for the terrorist attacks on our country,” he said citing no evidence.

In response to Trump’s bigoted smears against Ilhan Omar, the crowd chanted “Send her back! Send her back!”

Rep. Omar—who has received numerous death threats—responded on Twitter, quoting from Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise”:

People on Twitter were horrified and disgusted at the angry mob of Trump fans demanding the president send a sitting congresswoman back to Somalia, a country she hasn’t called home since age 8.

The hashtag #IStandWithIlhan started trending and Omar received an outpouring of support in the face of the racist attacks from the president and MAGA nation.

Today, Omar took the high road and indicated she would not allow the attacks to distract her from doing her job:

Prior to last night’s rally, Trump and his defenders in Congress were attempting to characterize his racist “go back to your country” tweets against “The Squad” as merely non-racist pushback against those deemed too critical of America.

But it seems Trump’s supporters understand exactly what he meant by those tweets—that these women of color are insufficiently American and unwelcome in United States.

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*First Published: July 18, 2019, 6:48 am