Ilhan Omar in NYT Op-Ed: Trump ‘Using the Influence of Our Highest Office to Mount Racist Attacks’

By Staff | July 26, 2019 | 3:38pm EDT
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.) wrote a commentary that was published in the New York Times on Thursday that said President Donald Trump “is using the influence of our highest office to mount racist attacks on communities across the land.”

“Throughout history, demagogues have used state power to target minority communities and political enemies, often culminating in state violence,” Omar wrote in the Times.

“Today, we face that threat in our own country, where the president of the United States is using the influence of our highest office to mount racist attacks on communities across the land,” she said.

“In recent weeks, he has lashed out unprompted against four freshman Democrats in the House of Representatives: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and me, from Minnesota,” she continued.

“Last week, as President Trump watched the crowd at one of his rallies chant ‘Send her back,’ aimed at me and my family, I was reminded of times when such fearmongering was allowed to flourish,” she said.

Omar sent out a Tweet with a link to her commentary in the Times. It included an excerpt from her commentary which spoke about Trump’s rally.

“The president’s rally will be a defining moment in American history,” she quoted herself in the Tweet. “It reminds us of the grave stakes of the coming presidential election: that this fight is not merely about policy ideas; it is a fight for the soul of our nation.”

To read Omar’s full commentary in the Times click here.



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