Crowds chanted “Send her back!” as US President Donald Trump stepped up assaults on four colorful Democratic Congresswomen, including Minnesota’s Somali-born Ilhan Omar, at his first campaign rally since his re-election bid was announced in 2020.
At the meeting in Greenville, North Carolina, on Wednesday, Trump called the four legislators un-American and said they should leave the United States unless they liked his policies on problems such as immigration and Israel’s defense.
“Tonight I have a suggestion for the hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down. They never have anything good to say. That’s why I say: ‘Hey, if they don’t like it, let them leave. Let them leave’,” he said to a roaring crowd.
During the weekend, the US president tweeted that the four officials-including New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib, and Massachusetts ‘ Ayanna Pressley-should “go back” to where they came from, even though they’re all U.S. residents and three are U.S.- born.
Pushing back at the criticism, Trump insisted he does not “have a racist bone in my body!”
Taking aim at Omar, he said: “She looks down with contempt on hard-working Americans saying ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country.”
The crowds, decked out in the colours of the US flag and “Make America Great Again” caps, responded with the chant – “Send her back! Send her back!”
“The way they speak so badly of our country,” Trump continued. “They want to demolish our constitution. Eliminate the values that built this magnificent country.”