DONALD Trump has doubled down on his attacks against ‘The Squad’ of minority Democratic congresswomen, branding Ilhan Omar “vile”.
The US President accused Omar, 37, of “staging” the crowd of cheering supporters who met her when she arrived home in Minneapolis.
The homecoming came hours after Trump supporters chanted “send her back” as Trump raged about the Somali-born congresswoman at a rally on Wednesday night.
After widespread outrage, Trump admitted on Thursday he was “not happy” with the chants, adding “I disagree with it”.
But he appeared to backtrack on these comments on Friday, calling the North Carolina crowd “true patriots”.
Trump tweeted: “It is amazing how the Fake News Media became ‘crazed’ over the chant ‘send her back’ by a packed Arena (a record) crowd in the Great State of North Carolina.
“But is totally calm & accepting of the most vile and disgusting statements made by the three Radical Left Congresswomen.”
He accused the mainstream media of being in a “sick partnership” with the Radical Left Democrat Party.
“So pathetic to watch,” Trump said.
TRUMP SAYS OMAR ‘STAGED’ HOMECOMING
“They even covered a tiny staged crowd as they greeted Foul Mouthed Omar in Minnesota.
“A state which I will win in 2020 because they can’t stand her and her hatred of our country and they appreciate all that I have done for them (opening up mining and MUCH more).”
He also repeated his attacks on three other freshmen congresswomen – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.
Trump claimed that Ocasio-Cortez once called Americans “garbage” – a phrase she used in a March interview with The Intercept.
But in fact, the New York Democrat had said Americans shouldn’t settle for “garbage” while discussing healthcare for all and a $15 minimum wage.
Despite this, Trump honed in on the word as he criticised ‘The Squad’ of Democrats.
‘THEY CAN’T GET AWAY WITH IT’
“I love our country. People can’t go around speaking about our country and saying garbage, this is the greatest country in the world,’ he said.
“You can’t speak about our country the way those four congressmen – they said garbage.
“They say things about Israel that’s so bad, I’m not going to repeat them right now.
“They can’t get away with that act. Not the right thing. These women have said horrible things about our country. And the people of our country.
“Nobody should be able to do that, and if they want to do that, that’s up to them, but I can’t imagine they’re going to do very well at the polls.”
Trump also shot down claims that the First Lady, his daughter Ivanka Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had pulled him up on his remarks at Wednesday evening’s rally.
He dubbed these reports “fake news”.
MERKEL CONDEMNS TRUMP’S COMMENTS
But his comments at the rally have attracted worldwide criticism, including from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
She condemned Trump’s speech, saying the US leader’s attacks “go against what makes America great.”
“I firmly distance myself from (the attacks) and I feel solidarity towards” the women, she told journalists.
“In my view, the strength of America lies in that people from different (origins) contributed to what makes the country great.”
Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib all felt Trump’s wrath in the speech.
But Somalia-born Omar came under particular scrutiny as Trump took his time skewering her past comments.
‘SEND HER BACK’ CHANTS
After whipping the crowd into a frenzy, chants of “send her back” could be clearly heard.
Trump accused Omar, who came to the US as a child after fleeing Somalia with her family, of blaming terrorist attacks on the US.
He said: “Representative Omar blamed the United States for the terrorist attacks on our country, saying that terrorism is a reaction to our involvement in other people’s affairs.
He also suggested that Omar may have married her own brother, saying: “There’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother.
“I know nothing about it. I hear she was married to her brother.”
Trump also referred to unsubstantiated rumours suggesting Omar had been married to two men at the same time.
These rumours first emerged on far right blogs after Omar ran for a seat in the Minnesota House.
Omar has previously branded the allegations “disgusting lies”.
OMAR IS TRUMP’S ‘WORST NIGHTMARE’
When she arrived home in Minnesota the day after the rally, Omar said a Somalian refugee in congress is Trump’s “worst nightmare”.
She told crowds she was not frightened or deterred by the US leader, adding: “We are going to continue to be a nightmare to this president because his policies are a nightmare to us.
“I know there are a lot of people that are trying to distract us now, but I want you all to know that we are not going to lie down.”
She did not mention Trump’s name during any of her speeches.
Trump’s divisive rally speech came four days after Trump sparked outrage with a series of tweets questioning the right of a number of minority congresswoman to criticise his administration.
On Sunday, the president wrote: “So interesting to see… Democrat Congresswoman, who originally came from countries whose government are a complete and total catastrophe, …telling the people of the United States… how our government is to be run.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Representatives from both the Democratic and Republican parties have said publicly that the comments were racist.
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