On Thursday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) finally clapped back at President Trump for his recent racist rhetoric directed at her and three other progressive congresswomen of color, saying he is using bullying tactics to “mount racist attacks on communities across the land.”
Omar penned a fierce new op-ed for the New York Times called “It Is Not Enough To Condemn Trump’s Racism.” In it, she addresses Trump’s recent Twitter outbursts as well as his despicable “go back” rhetoric that’s been echoed and chanted at his political rallies since. Omar says, “the only way to push back is to be unequivocal about our values.”
“Throughout history, demagogues have used state power to target minority communities and political enemies, often culminating in state violence… Today, we face that threat in our own country, where the president of the United States is using the influence of our highest office to mount racist attacks on communities across the land.”-Rep. Ilhan Omar
After Trump’s racist tweets on July 14 where he said the four congresswomen should “go back” to where they came from, he was officially condemned in a House vote. Trump’s comments, meant for Omar, as well as other Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, have sparked another intense battle on race.
The battle escalated at a North Carolina political rally last week where Trump’s supporters began chanting “send her back!” Omar claims that the Trump rally “will be a defining moment in American history.” She continued,
It reminds us of the grave stakes of the coming presidential election: that this fight is not merely about policy ideas; it is a fight for the soul of our nation. The ideals at the heart of our founding — equal protection under the law, pluralism, religious liberty — are under attack, and it is up to all of us to defend them.-Rep. Ilhan Omar
Omar said, “If working Americans are too busy fighting with one another, we will never address the very real and deep problems our country faces — from climate change to soaring inequality to lack of quality affordable health care.”
Omar said Trump was “weaponizing division” and trying to pit minorities against each other to distract America from more pressing issues, saying “Today, democracy is under attack once again… It’s time to respond with the kind of conviction that has made America great before.”