Ilhan Omar Labels All Trump Supporters ‘Racists’ Amid Spat With President

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
July 15, 2019Politics
Ilhan Omar Labels All Trump Supporters ‘Racists’ Amid Spat With President
Ilhan Omar, (D-Minn.), attends a press conference in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Nov. 30, 2018. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) shared a message on social media painting every supporter of President Donald Trump as a racist.

Omar, one of the furthest left members of Congress, retweeted a Twitter message from writer Wajahat Ali sharing an article written by Goldie Taylor for the openly anti-Trump Daily Beast website, titled, “Trump Is a Racist. If You Still Support Him, So Are You.”

“Trump is not a fine person,” Taylor wrote. “His words Sunday were not racially ‘charged,’ ‘fueled,’ or ‘tinged.’ They were unapologetically racist. And, if you support him, so are you.”

Taylor’s article referred to a series of tweets Trump issued over the weekend.

Trump wrote the following on July 14:

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly 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 it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!” he added.

Other than Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), an immigrant from Somalia, it’s unclear who Trump had in mind, as few other Democratic Congresswomen are from other countries and those that are are from countries considered stable such as India and Germany.

Omar is a Somalian national while her three closest allies are American-born daughters of immigrants.

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) fit part of his description but were all born in the United States.

Trump added to his initial attack early Monday, writing that it was sad to see Democrats “sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion.”

“Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, ‘RACIST,'” he added.

Pressley and other allies of Omar responded to the president after his missives.

“THIS is what racism looks like. WE are what democracy looks like. And we’re not going anywhere. Except back to DC to fight for the families you marginalize and vilify everyday,” Pressley wrote, sharing a screenshot of some of Trump’s tweets.

Tlaib, who has vowed to impeach Trump, added: “Yo @realDonaldTrump, I am fighting corruption in OUR country. I do it every day when I hold your admin accountable as a U.S. Congresswoman. Detroit taught me how to fight for the communities you continue to degrade & attack. Keep talking, you’ll be out of the WH soon.”

Besides sharing the article about Trump supporters allegedly all being racist, and people defending her against the president, Omar also wrote two tweets responding to the president.

“Mr. President, As Members of Congress, the only country we swear an oath to is the United States. Which is why we are fighting to protect it from the worst, most corrupt and inept president we have ever seen,” she said in the first.

She later added: “You are stoking white nationalism bc you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.”