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Trump Attacks Omar at Pennsylvania Rally; Omar Hits Back Hard

Trump Attacks Omar at Pennsylvania Rally; Omar Hits Back Hard

Apparently Donald Trump thought it was a good idea Tuesday evening to renew his xenophobic and misogynistic assault on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), mocking her birthplace of Somalia and insinuating that the United States isn’t her home.

“She’s telling us how to run our country!” he said at a rally in Pennsylvania. “How did you do where you came from? How is your country doing?”

Omar, who has been a U.S. citizen for 20 years and is one of two Muslim-American women elected to Congress in 2018, had a stinging response: “Firstly, this is my country & I am a member of the House that impeached you. Secondly, I fled civil war when I was 8. An 8-year-old doesn’t run a country even though you run our country like one.”

This isn’t the first time Trump has attacked Omar and claimed that she’s not a U.S. citizen because she was born in Somalia. But when Trump trots out such campaign red meat and elicits the cheers and jeers he seeks from his rally-goers, he conveniently ignores the fact that much of his family also are immigrants.

That fact was not lost on Joe Scarborough Wednesday morning:

“She’s telling us how to run our country, as if it’s not her country because like Donald Trump’s mother and Donald Trump’s grandparents she was an immigrant to the United States of America.”

The Pittsburgh-area crowd’s reaction was disturbing – and predictable – to many who believe that Trump has made it acceptable to be openly racist in today’s society.

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