Ilhan Omar, the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district. is the latest target of President Trump's racism. On Wednesday evening, at a rally in Greensboro North Carolina, the President delivered a speech criticizing the work of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.)
"These congresswomen are helping the rise of a militant, hard left. They never have anything good to say, which is why I say, ‘If they don’t like it, let them leave.’"Trump said. “They don’t love our country, and in some cases I think they hate our country.”
He also tweeted that the four women should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how."
All four of the congresswomen are citizens of the United States, and the only one not born in the U.S. is Rep. Omar, who immigrated to the United States as a Somalian refugee. Trump made sure to capitalize on this during his campaign rally, falsely accusing Omar of supporting al Qaeda. "Send her back. Send her back," chanted the audience at the rally. Trump did nothing to mitigate the hateful speech. (That said, he's since stated that he "was not happy with it.")
Before Trump could even attempt to backtrack, Rep. Omar made it perfectly clear that she is exactly where she belongs.
She quoted a literary legend.
Omar began her defense against Trump by quoting the late Nobel prize-winning author Maya Angelou. She took an excerpt from Angelou's famous poem "Still I Rise," and tweeted it in response to the hateful speech.
She stood her ground.
Then she laid down the law. As former first lady Michelle Obama would say, "When they go low, we go high." And that's exactly what Omar did, writing, "I am where I belong, at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal!"
A bunch of people rallied behind her.
Following the campaign rally, #IStandWithIlhan flooded Twitter. politicians, celebrities and everyday citizen spoke up to show their support for the congresswoman.
Now that's how it's done.
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