President Donald Trump on Friday sent out a series of tweets in which he blasted the mainstream media for focusing on xenophobic chants at one of his campaign rallies earlier this week.
Chants of “send her back,” directed toward Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) after Trump spoke about her alleged past, lasted for several seconds during his campaign event on Wednesday evening.
Omar emigrated to the United States when she was 12 and became a U.S. citizen at age 17. She, as well as three other Democratic congresswomen of color, were the subject of Trump’s ire in tweets he made earlier in the week, in which he told the four lawmakers to “go back” to their countries of origin rather than try to change societal ills in America or oppose his agenda. The other three lawmakers were born in the United States.
The commentary from Trump was largely lambasted as racist and xenophobic, and many believe it’s what inspired his supporters to chant “send her back” on Wednesday evening. Trump disavowed the chant on Thursday, at which point he said he had tried to quell the chants when they happened, although evidence of that claim is lacking, per previous reporting from HillReporter.com.
In a series of tweets on the subject, Trump on Friday went after the media for putting its focus on the chants and his statements rather than Omar’s past record.
“It is amazing how the Fake News Media became ‘crazed’ over the chant ‘send her back’ by a packed Arena (a record) crowd in the Great State of North Carolina, but is totally calm & accepting of the most vile and disgusting statements made by the three [sic] Radical Left Congresswomen,” Trump said.
Trump further claimed that he would win Omar’s home state of Minnesota in the 2020 presidential election because voters in the Gopher State “can’t stand” Omar “and her hatred of our country.”
Trump’s assessments are not aligned with historical record. Omar was indeed widely maligned for what many considered to be anti-Semitic comments she made in the past, when she made them, by the mainstream media.
She also received condemnation from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California). “Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments,” Pelosi said earlier this year, per reporting from NPR.
Omar did indeed apologize, and admitted she was speaking out of ignorance on the subject.
“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” she wrote in her apology.
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