U.S. President Donald Trump went after Rep. Ilhan Omar during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday insinuating that she should stop “telling us how to run our country.”
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“We’re going to win the state of Minnesota because of her, they say. She’s telling us how to run our country. How did you do where you came from? How’s your country doing?” the president said, bringing attention to the Minnesota Democrat’s Somali origins.
Omar quickly fired back on Twitter. “Firstly, this is my country & I am a member of the House that impeached you,” she wrote.
“Secondly, I fled civil war when I was 8. An 8-year-old doesn’t run a country even though you run our country like one,” Omar added.
Omar, who has been a U.S. citizen since 2000, has repeatedly been a target of Trump who has falsely accused her of supporting Al-Qaida in the past. The representative created a political storm in March 2019 during a discussion about Israel, antisemitism and the impact of the pro-Israeli lobby in America. Omar said, “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country.” She was accused by Jewish organizations of antisemitism in response.
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In February, a month earlier, Omar tweeted that support for Israel among American politicians was “all about the Benjamins,” referring to dollar bills featuring the face of Benjamin Franklin. This tweet, which she later deleted, also led to accusations of antisemitism and widespread criticism of Omar, including by many prominent Democratic politicians. Omar later apologized for the tweet.