GREENVILLE, North Carolina – At his campaign rally on Wednesday evening, supporters of President Donald Trump chanted “send her back”, making reference to the birthplace of Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar.
On July 17 in Greenville, North Carolina, at his first campaign rally since announcing his 2020 re-election bid, President Trump took jabs at Somali-born Omar and the three other Democratic Congresswomen of colour.
He referred to the “squad” of four legislators as “un-American” and said they should leave the United States if they did not like his policies on issues such as immigration.
“Tonight I have a suggestion for the hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down. They never have anything good to say. That’s why I say: ‘Hey, if they don’t like it, let them leave. Let them leave’,” he said.
Following his statement, the crowd at the rally erupted in a chant: “Send her back!”
The chant follows a series of racist tweets made by Trump on Sunday, targeting the four women- Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. In one tweet, he stated that the women should “go back” to where they came from, even though all are US citizens and three are US-born.
….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
On Monday, Trump responded to the backlash he received from the tweet, saying that “It doesn’t concern me, because many people agree with me.”
Omar is the only one of those four congresswomen of color who was born outside the US. She is originally from Somalia and fled the civil war to seek asylum in the US in 1995 when she was 10 years old. Omar became a naturalized citizen at age 17 and was eventually elected to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in 2019.
After Trump’s rally, Omar responded to the chant in a tweet that stated, “I am where I belong, at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal.”