Trump fans eventually break out in “send her back!” chants directed toward Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee who serves in Congress who Trump viciously smeared. pic.twitter.com/LX3eAEkfci
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 17, 2019
Courtesy of Vice News:
President Donald Trump took his verbal attacks on four female, minority members of Congress on the road Wednesday night in a bid to make Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib the face of the Democratic Party.
“These left-wing ideologues see our nation as a force of evil, they want to demolish our Constitution,” Trump told the crowd in Greenville, North Carolina to deep, supportive booing.
In response, the crowd chanted his own racist catchphrase back at him: “send them back.”
All of the women are American citizens. Omar, a practicing Muslim and former refugee who escaped Somalia’s civil war, has faced racist vitriol since she was elected to represent Minnesota in November.
Trump and ultra-conservative Republicans have particularly zeroed in on her, with Trump alleging this week that Omar is “pro Al-Qaeda.” (There’s no evidence behind that claim, and Omar said earlier this week that Trump is practicing “the agenda of white nationalists.”)
“Omar minimized the September 11 attacks on our homeland by saying ‘some people did something,’” Trump told the crowd. Omar’s comments were part of a larger dialogue about anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Turning away from Omar, Trump moved on to Ocasio-Cortez, dubbing her “Cortez” (“I don’t have time to go with three different names — takes too much time”) for saying immigrant detainees were being forced to drink water out of toilets at government detention centers. Then he hit Tlaib for saying “the big, fat, vicious F-word” after she got elected. He also asked if Pressley was related to Elvis Presley. She is not.
It should be noted that Trump also took jabs as Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren but they did not reveive anywhere near the response that he received after attacking the four Congresswomen of color.
Trump is now saying the quiet part of the GOP southern strategy outloud and it is only making him more popular with his base.
For years now Trump supporters have been denying that they are racists.
I don’t really see how that argument works anymore.