After months of back-and-forth criticisms between President Trump and Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, the president hosted a rally in Omar’s own district where he called her “an American-hating socialist” and asked how she was ever elected in the first place.
Speaking to a crowd at the Target Center in Minneapolis, BizPac Review reports Trump said: “I know the people of Minnesota. I want to tell you, and I also at the same time — it’s both a question and a statement — how the hell did that ever happen!? How did it happen?”
“Congresswoman Omar is an American-hating socialist,” the president continued as Minnesotans vocalized their discontent with the Democrat. “She minimized the September 11th attack on our homeland… where far more than 3,000 people died.”
He continued per the report: “She pleaded for compassion for ISIS recruits right here in Minnesota. How do you have such a person representing you in Minnesota?”
Trump then joked, “I’m very angry at you people right now.”
“She is a disgrace to our country. She is one of the big reasons that I am going to win and the Republican party is going to win Minnesota in 13 months,” Trump declared, still drawing a rise from the crowd.
Omar responded to the president’s word in a tweet on Thursday evening where she said: “his hate is no match” for her.
“At his rally just now, Trump called me an ‘America-hating socialist’ and a ‘disgrace.’ He shouted xenophobic conspiracy theories about me,” she tweeted. “He scolded my district for voting for me. His hate is no match for our movement. Stand with me by donating now.”
At his rally just now, Trump called me an “America-hating socialist” and a “disgrace.” He shouted xenophobic conspiracy theories about me. He scolded my district for voting for me.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 11, 2019
BizPac Review adds:
While Minnesota is a decidedly blue state, Hillary Clinton won by a small margin in the 2016 election, beating Trump by just 45,000 votes, or 1.5%, Trump was adamant about carrying the state, “We are going to win this state.”
Many in the media jumped on Trump’s attack on Omar as being over the top, but the president avoided some of the more controversial aspects of her life.
Things such as the persistent allegations that she married her biological brother to commit immigration fraud, and that she is reportedly having an extramarital affair with a campaign consultant, who is also married. There is also the controversy over thousands of dollars being steered to the alleged lover. In the face of these reported, Omar’s husband has filed for divorce.