Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar landed in her home state of Minnesota on Thursday, July 18, to a large crowd of cheering supporters.
The warm welcome came the day after US President Donald Trump supporters chanted “send her back” in reference to Omar at a rally in North Carolina.
Omar, who was born in Somalia, is one of four newly elected Democratic congresswomen to repeatedly clash with the president. The other three members of “the Squad” are Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.
On July 14, Trump tweeted that the four should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” despite the fact that Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib were all born in the US.
The House of Representatives passed a resolution to “strongly condemn President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.” Trump responded on Twitter to say he hadn’t a “racist bone” in his body.
Omar told reporters on Capital Hill on Thursday that she believed Trump was a fascist. Trump acknowledged to reporters that he “felt a litte bit badly” about the chant at his rally and did not agree with it.
“We are going to continue to be a nightmare to this president,” Omar told the crowd at the airport on Thursday.
This video, shared by Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal, shows a crowd chanting as Omar walks through the doors at arrivals. Other videos show that Jayapal accompanied Omar as she entered.
The two were scheduled to give a Town Hall on healthcare in Minneapolis that evening. Credit: Rep. Pramila Jayapal via Storyful