'SEND HER BACK': Trump crowds have new MAGA chant after 'racist tweet' row
Trump took the opportunity of his Make America Great Again rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday to launch another attack at one of his favorite targets of the past week: Rep. Ilhan Omar of the four-woman progressive 'squad' he's been feuding with.
Trump accused Omar of blaming the US for causing terrorist attacks by “saying that terrorism is a reaction to our involvement in other people's affairs,” smearing the US servicemen involved in the Somalian civil war, “minimizing” the 9/11 attacks, and “pleading for compassion for ISIS recruits.”Also on rt.com '4 horsewomen' of Dem 'squad' poll low amid Trump tweetfest, but their party is doing even worse
Concluding his tirade, Trump accused Omar of supporting Al-Qaeda, misquoting her remark from 2013.
Here's the President of the United States standing before a crowd supporters who are chanting "Send her back!" to a duly elected American congresswoman, who was born in Somalia.He does nothing to correct them. pic.twitter.com/AqYwicJhuy— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) July 18, 2019
Accurate or not, Trump’s rant whipped up the crowd enough for it to break into chanting, “Send her back!” That comes just a day after the House passed a resolution condemning a series of “racist” tweets by Trump, in which he suggested the four congresswomen should go back to the “broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Omar is the only one of the 'squad' to whom the call technically applies, since the other three women were born in the US.
The new war cry is a remix of the permanent fixture of almost every Trump rally – the infamous “Lock her up” slogan, targeting Hillary Clinton and her private server email scandal. Some on Twitter have rushed to declare this the turning point of an era.
Hillary’s role has been outsourced to a foreigner https://t.co/cUVyNigZyS— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 17, 2019
The move from “lock her up” in 2016 to “send her back” today is the move from strongman lawlessness to white nationalism as your operating principle. Welcome to the 2020 campaign.— Carlos Lozada (@CarlosLozadaWP) July 18, 2019
Predictably, the chant has sparked fresh accusations of racism towards the president – and even some conservatives thought it in poor taste.
“Send her back” is an appalling chant. Omar is a US citizen.My less-catchy chant would be: “Condemn her bigotry, combat her radicalism, and investigate her seriously alleged fraud!”— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) July 18, 2019
It did not take long for Omar to respond, shooting back with a quote by American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.
You may shoot me with your words,You may cut me with your eyes,You may kill me with your hatefulness,But still, like air, I’ll rise.-Maya Angelou https://t.co/46jcXSXF0B— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 18, 2019
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