Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the freshman Democratic congresswomen facing attacks from President Trump and his supporters, was cheered as she arrived back at her home district in Minnesota on Thursday.
A crowd of people at the airport in the Twin Cities held banners with slogans such as “Stop Racism Now” and chanted “welcome home Ilhan” as the congresswoman emerged from her flight.
“We are going to continue to be a nightmare to this president,” she said into a megaphone, “because his policies are a nightmare to us. We are not deterred, we are not frightened, we are ready.”
Watch the moment captured on video by Tom Hauser of KSTP-TV:
Congresswoman Omar just arrived back in the Twin Cities. pic.twitter.com/ZiFqWnDJgQ
— Tom Hauser (@thauserkstp) July 18, 2019
Throughout this past week, Trump has targeted Omar and her fellow progressive congresswomen — New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley — with repeated attacks. In a tweet on Sunday, he said the four women of color should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
And at a rally on Wednesday, Trump attacked each congresswoman individually. As he spoke about Omar, the crowd started to chant “send her back,” echoing the president’s tweet.
Omar, an American citizen, came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia when she was a child.
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SOURCE: NPR, Merrit Kennedy