Many thought President Donald Trump's racism had reached a new low with tweets urging four Democratic congresswomen of color to "go back" to where they came from.
But at a North Carolina rally Wednesday night, the president and his supporters proved they still had greater depths to sink to. When Trump unleashed a slew of lies about Somalian-American Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), the crowd broke into a chant that disturbed Americans across the country.
The crowd bellowed:
"Send her back! Send her back! Send her back!"
Congresswoman Omar, however, doesn't intend to cower to the rallying cries of racists.
She responded with a quote from Maya Angelou's seminal poem Still I Rise...
You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still,… https://t.co/1Y1XFfCQqw— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar)1563411358.0
...Before making it clear that she won't be going anywhere.
👋🏽 I am where I belong, at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal! https://t.co/W0OvDXGxQX— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar)1563417868.0
Omar's supporters praised her strength and resolve in the face of bigotry.
@IlhanMN #IStandWithIlhanOmar Stay strong Ilhan and know that many are supporting you and the squad. https://t.co/P5NRWtXVYb— Ilene to the LEFT 🇺🇸 (@Ilene to the LEFT 🇺🇸)1563418209.0
@IlhanMN I seriously can’t believe how strong and fierce you are in the face of all this. Absolute inspiration. #IStandWithIlhan— Darren Puscas (@Darren Puscas)1563417996.0
@IlhanMN Courage has a name and a face. And it’s Ilhan Omar. Many blessings— X🦃NI (@X🦃NI)1563419720.0
Many Democratic lawmakers spoke out against Trump's eagerness to enable racists.
#IStandWithIlhan and am proud to work with her in Congress. Trump is stoking the most despicable and disturbing c… https://t.co/UrkYszUSvo— Bernie Sanders (@Bernie Sanders)1563420013.0
It’s vile. It’s cowardly. It’s xenophobic. It’s racist. It defiles the office of the President. And I won't sh… https://t.co/9fGYzSWBdo— Kamala Harris (@Kamala Harris)1563414448.0
"Send her back?" Yes! Please send @Ilhan back to Congress where she is fighting for her constituents, articulating… https://t.co/RajYZmgLcK— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@Rep. Pramila Jayapal)1563415461.0
Even some of Trump's most prominent supporters—albeit weakly—criticized Trump for allowing the chant.
Though it was brief, I struggled with the “send her back” chant tonight referencing Rep. Omar. Her history, words… https://t.co/uHL8TNlr4k— Rep. Mark Walker (@Rep. Mark Walker)1563418882.0
I deeply disagree with the extreme left & have been disgusted by their tone. I woke up today equally disgusted - ch… https://t.co/hlIxUraFva— Adam Kinzinger (@Adam Kinzinger)1563455793.0
Vile. Omar is awful. She is a radical anti-Semite with terrible views. She is also an American citizen and chanting… https://t.co/UbXjhRZc3C— Ben Shapiro (@Ben Shapiro)1563411772.0
Even Fox & Friends wouldn't endorse it.
"Fox and Friends" reacts to the "send her back" chanting at Trump's North Carolina rally https://t.co/3dDPmPbrV6— TPM Livewire (@TPM Livewire)1563450519.0
With Trump so emboldened, it looks like the 2020 election may be even uglier than 2016.