Raucous crowds chanted “Send her back!” as US President Donald Trump stepped up attacks against four Democratic Congresswomen of colour, including Somali-born Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, at his first campaign rally since announcing his 2020 re-election bid.
Trump termed the four legislators as un-American at the gathering in Greenville, North Carolina, on Wednesday and said they should leave the United States if they did not like his policies on issues such as immigration and defence of Israel.
The US president had tweeted over the weekend that the four representatives – who also include Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts – should “go back” where they came from, even though all are US citizens and three are US-born.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to condemn thoWani jami’in hukumar kashe gobara ase remarks as racist.
Pushing back at the criticism, Trump insisted he does not “have a Racist bone in my body!”
Taking aim at Omar, he said: “She looks down with contempt on hard-working Americans saying ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country.”
The crowds, decked out in the colors of the US flag and “Make America Great Again” caps, responded with the chant – “Send her back! Send her back!”
“The way they speak so badly of our country,” Trump continued. “They want to demolish our constitution. Eliminate the values that built this magnificent country.”
Omar responded on Twitter with a poem from US author and civil rights champion, Maya Angelou.
“You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise,” she wrote