If you thought Trump’s last “most racist rant yet” was racist, get a load of today’s racism. While taking questions from reporters today at a planned “Made in America Product Showcase” event, he intensified his attacks on Representative Ilhan Omar.

Predictably, one reporter brought up the whole thing wherein Trump told a group of women of color in Congress to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” a statement that self-identified white nationalists have been loving. Also predictably, Trump doubled down.

“It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” he said. “And all I’m saying — they want to leave, they can leave. Now, it doesn’t say, ‘Leave forever.’ It says, ‘Leave if you want.’”

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If that wasn’t word-salad enough, he focused his attacked onto Omar, the refugee from Somalia who became the first hijabi Congress member, going so far as to accuse her of hating Jewish people and saying anything positive about Al-Qaeda

“And in one case you have somebody that comes from Somalia, which is a failed government, a failed state, who left Somalia, who ultimately came here, and now is a congresswoman, who’s never happy, says horrible things about Israel, hates Israel, hates Jews, hates Jews, it’s very simple.”

Omar, of course, does not hate Jews. To say so is as accurate as it is to say she was ever “speaking about how wonderful al-Qaeda is,” which Omar never did. What is true is that Omar gets flooded with death threats every time Trump runs his mouth about her, and that is definitely going to happen again today.

Trump also brought up Lindsey Graham’s characterization of Omar and Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley as “communists,” saying “they’re socialists, definitely, as to whether or not they’re communists, I think they might be.”

What was the event supposed to be about again?

Trump’s repeated use of Israel to attack these congresswomen and others is not sitting well with the Jewish community in the U.S. and abroad, to the point that “Israel” is trending today with hundreds of thousands of tweets.


Many are simply concerned for the safety of Omar and the other women Trump continues to attack.

But mostly, people are just wondering how far the racism can go before Trump is struck by lightning mid-sentence.

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*First Published: July 15, 2019, 12:44 pm