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Trump says Somali refugee Ilhan Omar wants to make US government 'like the country from where she came'


By Zachary Halaschak
Sunday June 21, 2020
Donald Trump at a rally in Tulsa on June 20. Photographer: Go Nakamura/Bloomberg
Donald Trump at a rally in Tulsa on June 20. Photographer: Go Nakamura/Bloomberg

President Trump accused Rep. Ilhan Omar, a U.S. citizen who was a childhood Somali refugee, of wanting to make the U.S. government like the country from where she fled.

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Holding his first campaign rally in months, Trump on Saturday railed against Omar, a Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota, and Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York during an aside in his stump speech.

“Ilhan Omar is going to be very much involved in a Biden government. They will put this hate-filled, America-bashing socialist front and center in deciding the fate of your family and deciding the fate of your country. I don’t think so,” Trump said. “She would like to make the government of our country just like the country from where she came. Somalia."

“No government, no safety, no police. No nothing. Just anarchy. And now, she's telling us how to run our country. No, thank you,” Trump said.

Trump’s comments met immediate backlash. Some on social media pointed out that Omar’s father died from the coronavirus just days ago and that Omar has been a U.S. citizen for much of her life.



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