President Donald Trump’s raucous Thursday night campaign rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota, contained a few notable moments of harsh criticism of the progressive and outspoken squad member, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), even in her home state — a newly minted Democratic lawmaker who has shared some highly controversial remarks and opinions ever since her election last fall during the 2018 midterms.
Trump has long been feuding with the congresswoman.
“You know, I know you people,” the president said to his audience at the Target Center at one point, after the rally was well underway on Thursday night.
“I know you people. 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? How did it happen?” Trump said, clearly referring to Omar’s election in the first place.
“Congresswoman Omar is an America-hating socialist,” he said.
“She minimized the September 11th attack on our homeland,” he added, as the crowd loudly booed, “where far more than 3,000 people did, saying, ‘Some people did something.'”
He also said she has a history of issuing “virulent, anti-Semitic screeds” and referred to the controversial comments she’s made about Israel in the past.
“How do you have such a person representing you in Minnesota? I’m very angry at you people right now,” Trump stated — then dramatically turned away from the podium during one of his liveliest rallies ever.
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The crowd laughed and seemed to appreciate his points.
“She is a disgrace to our country, and she is one of the big reasons that I’m going to win and the Republican Party is going to win Minnesota in 13 months,” he also said.
Never one to miss out on a moment in the spotlight — Omar fired back at Trump almost immediately on Twitter.
“At his rally just now, Trump called me an ‘America-hating socialist’ and a ‘disgrace.'” she wrote.
“He shouted xenophobic conspiracy theories about me. He scolded my district for voting for me.”
Omar then tried to use Trump to garner cash for her own political campaign, writing, “His hate is no match for our movement. Stand with me by donating now” — and then posted a link to her campaign donations page.
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
(Anyone notice how she’ll try to frame other people’s comments as “hate” — but apparently thinks nothing of saying anything she pleases about anyone else?)
If Omar was hoping Trump’s rally in her own backyard would be a massive failure, she was greatly disappointed.
Over 20,000 people attended the rally, with thousands more outside the venue as Trump spoke on Thursday night.
And while anti-Trump protesters gathered outside the venue — with some getting violent and challenging the police — the fact that so many people in Minneapolis showed up to support Trump doesn’t bode well for Omar’s chances in the next election.
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