The hashtag “#IStandWithIlhan” began trending on Twitter after the crowd at U.S. President Donald Trump’s rally Wednesday night targeted Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar with chants saying “send her back.”
At the rally night in Greenville, North Carolina, Trump began by verbally attacking Rep. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota as the crowd chanted, “Send her back!” Omar came to the United States as a refugee from war-torn Somalia when she was a child.
Trump also mentioned Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. Of Tlaib, he complained that she is “not somebody who loves our country” because she had referred to impeaching him using an expletive.
The president’s rhetoric on Wednesday echoed similar language he employed to rile up his base in 2016.
Omar responded to the attack by sharing a quote from Maya Angelou’s 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, like air, I’ll rise,” Omar tweeted Wednesday.
2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said that he is proud of Omar’s work in Congress.
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“Trump is stoking the most despicable and disturbing currents in our society,” Sanders wrote. “And that very hatred and racism fuels him. We must fight together to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of our country.”
The Associated Press contributed to this article