People were stunned this past July when President Donald Trump tweeted that four Congresswomen of color—Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)—should "go back" to where they came from.
He also falsely claimed they "originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe..."
Three of the Congresswomen were born in the United States. Omar was a refugee from Somalia. All are Americans.
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......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
At a campaign rally days later in North Carolina, President Donald Trump mentioned Congresswoman Omar—and got a strong reaction from the crowd.
While bigotry is common at a Trump rally, it became even more blatant when Trump's supporters began chanting "Send her back," echoing the calls from Trump's tweet for them to "go back" to where they came from.
Trump attempted to distance himself from the hatred he sowed by claiming that he began speaking immediately after the chant started in order to quiet the supporters. This was false. Days later, he praised the people at the rally who gleefully called for her to be removed from the United States.
Six months later, Congresswoman Omar is trolling those who chanted against her.
How so? She's turned it into a slogan for her re-election campaign.
This is far from the Congresswoman's first response to the bigoted chants. Shortly after the rally, Omar tweeted an excerpt of Maya Angelou's poem Still I Rise. She later tweeted a picture of her with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) referencing the chant.
But turning the hatred into a slogan that will get donations to her reelection campaign? That was gold.
Ilhan Omar is sending out emails that say "Send her back ... to congress" and THAT is funny.— dana (@DanaMW) January 24, 2020
But, sadly, the same bigotry that informed the hateful chant reared its ugly head again.
“Send me back to Congress so I can keep fighting”. Don’t you mean keep fighting to turn this country into another Somalia? I don’t think so. You may pack your bags and return there if you so desire.— Keith Scruggs (@Safetyman979) January 24, 2020
Fortunately, Omar is resilient. She's currently the most highly-rated Congressperson in the state of Minnesota, and won her election with 70 percent of the vote.
You can donate to her campaign here.