Many of us have previously denounced President Donald Trump for his disgraceful attacks on Rep. Ihan Omar’s (D., Minn.) roots in Somalia. It is precisely the type of intolerant, anti-immigrant language that has led many former Trump voters to move away from his campaign in 2020. Nevertheless, President Trump resumed those attacks Tuesday night at a rally where he portrayed Somalia as “her country” as opposed to “our” country in the United States.
Trump declared “She’s telling us how to run our country. How did you do where you came from? How was your country doing?”
It was a shocking attack from an American president and drew a well-deserved rebuke from Omar: “Firstly, this is my country & I am a member of the House that impeached you. 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.”
I have regularly disagreed with Omar on her own statements and policies. However, this is her country and her extraordinary journey from child in a civil war in Somalia to a member of Congress is inspirational. It is precisely what our country — Omar’s country — is all about.
People of good faith need to be heard in calling out the President for this type of divisive and frankly unAmerican rhetoric. We are a nation of immigrants like Omar. This is our country.