President Donald Trump continued his tirade against “The Squad” at a Wednesday rally in Greenville, N.C., thrusting the four freshmen Democratic congresswomen he’s been lobbing insults at to the forefront of the 2020 race — and reiterating his divisive statement: “If they don’t love [America], tell them to leave it.”
Many observers took particular issue with the remarks he made about Rep. Ilhan Omar.
“Rep. Omar blamed the United States for the terrorist attacks on our country,” Trump said, without citing a specific instance.
“Send her back!” his crowd chanted in response to Trump’s criticisms of Omar.
Within hours, #IStandWithIlhan was trending on Twitter, with public figures and fellow politicians weighing in.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), a 2020 presidential candidate, quickly condemned Trumps words “and the very hatred and racism that fuels him.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), also a 2020 candidate, called for impeachment proceedings to begin, and also targeted “complicit Republicans everywhere.”
Also harshly condemning the president was 2020 candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who tweeted, “It’s time to get Trump out of office and unite the country.”
Fellow Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke said the chants were “the product of a president who sees our diversity not as a strength but as a weakness.”
Mansoor Shams, a Pakistani immigrant who is an advocate for Muslims in the U.S. and a former U.S. Marine, posted several tweets condemning the president. He wrote, “To Ilhan & others being scapegoated: this US Marine has your back!”
Actress Piper Perabo, meanwhile, shared support and a photo, writing, “She is a good mother, citizen, friend and an important member of Congress.”
And a woman from Minnesota shared a story about being with Rep. Omar the first time she received a death threat in the mail.
Omar herself responded on Wednesday night, quoting the poet Maya Angelou.
Trump kicked off this latest firestorm Sunday morning in a series of tweets, widely condemned as racist, telling the four congresswomen of color to “go back” to the “crime infested places from which they came.”
All four lawmakers are U.S. citizens, and three of the four were born in the U.S.
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