President Trump continued with his attacks against US Representative Ilhan Omar at a rally in North Carolina on Friday, saying he was “unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman can hate our country”.
The President also said the people at the North Carolina rally, many of whom chanted “Send her back” while Trump paused, are “incredible people” and “incredible patriots”.
On Thursday, however, President Trump tried to be politically correct by playing down the chants from the crowd, saying he wasn’t “happy with” the chant and he disagreed with it. But Trump being who he is and with all the media cramming down on him couldn’t act against his nature for too long.
His comments came just days after he attacked Omar and three other minority congresswomen – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley – in a series of tweets in which he told the four women to go back to where they came from. All four are United States citizens and all but Omar were born in the US. Omar came to the country as a Somali refugee when she was 12 years old. After the tweets, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives condemned Trump’s “racist comments that have legitimised and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of colour”.
Trump maintains his comments were “not racist”. He said that those who are not happy in the US can leave.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, however, has been accused of marriage fraud and Visa fraud. Pressure has increased on the Congresswoman since the “send her back” chant and there have been reports of death threats and verbal abuse being thrown at her for allegedly marrying her brother and filling fake tax returns with one man while legally married to another man. Also there have been claims of illegal marriage just for the sake of Visa or permanent residency in the United states.
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