At a Make America Great Again (MAGA) rally in North Carolina, President Donald Trump’s White nationalist rhetoric was chanted by the crowd. The President initially said he discouraged the chant, but later defended the racist rhetoric as the act of patriots who really love the United States.
The crowd began a chorus of “send her back” in lieu of their usual Trump inspired “lock her up.”
The object of the crowd’s vitriol was Minnesota Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar, one of the two first Muslim women elected to Congress.
In response, Omar decided to “go back” to revisit her roots and path to the United States along with a colleague, Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The Speaker and members of the Congressional Black Caucus visited Ghana to observe the 400th anniversary of the American slave trade.
Omar shared on Twitter:
They said “send her back” but Speaker @SpeakerPelosi didn’t just make arrangements to send me back, she went back with me ✊🏽
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) August 1, 2019
The MAGA rally chant arose from attacks by President Trump against four Democratic Congresswomen of color: Omar, Rashid Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Presley of Massachusetts and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
The President posted:
“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.”
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough.”
Trump attempted to sow division between the freshman Democrats and the Speaker of the House.
“I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”
So how fitting for the two women to travel together, especially since many in media and the GOP kept trying to brand the women as enemies. This was not lost on people commenting on Omar’s post.
Tomorrow’s NYTimes Headline:
“DEMOCRATS IN DISARRAY: Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Omar Don’t Wear Matching Outfits”
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) August 1, 2019
My heart is bursting, I love this so much!
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) August 1, 2019
We love both these strong and powerful women!!!
— Maggie Klaus (@Maggie_Klaus) August 1, 2019
Yes we do! 💙
— Katrina Hagen (@KatrinaHagen2) August 1, 2019
And we always will…
— A. L. Park-Tucker (@ALParkTucker2) August 2, 2019
This makes me proud to be a Democrat. Our UNITY is our strength.
I’m going to go cry now. 😭
— Ryan Knight 🗽 (@ProudResister) August 1, 2019
Dude, I teared up typing my RT. We’ve so been deprived of our true goodness in news. It’s been a fight since 2015. This is remarkable and yeah, actions DO speak louder – no statement by Nancy is as powerful as this for Dem Unity -E Pluribus Unum right here. 💙
— AmyInNeptune68 (@Amstrix1) August 1, 2019
Of course, not everyone was a fan. Or coherent in their objections.
DEMS love to take spendy TRIPS & six week vacations while the work’s NOT DONE!😁👎
Then demand RAISES! 😂
Not a FAN! 😽
See right thru the Globalist Agenda Corruption as VOTERS demand USA FIRST! 🐀💩🐀💩🐀💩🐀💩🐀👎 💰 💰 💰😳😉
— VickieLFisher (@VickieLFisher) August 2, 2019
— Karl Wieser (@karlw) August 1, 2019
Omar has been a favored target of the alt-right White nationalist movement.
She is also the subject of numerous false information campaigns by conservative activists and even the President online. However her constituents are who she represents.
And they greet Omar like this.
“Welcome home, Ilhan!”
Crowd at Minneapolis airport cheers arrival of Rep. Omar following response to President Trump’s racist tweets. pic.twitter.com/hXaw6vcTCZ
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 19, 2019
Rep. Ilhan Omar may be embattled in Washington, but she was welcomed to MSP Airport by a cheering crowd today. “It sure feels good to be home,” she said. https://t.co/ngO7JRB4hk pic.twitter.com/vqzqcJtvBZ
— KARE 11 (@kare11) July 18, 2019
Omar and Pelosi are part of a trip several members of the Congressional Black Caucus took to pay homage to the 400th anniversary of the American slave trade.