Rep. Ilhan Omar declined to respond to President Trump’s statement that she was a supporter of Al-Qaeda, amid a dispute between the president and progressives in the Democratic Party.
Trump addressed his claims during the “Made in America” celebration at the White House where he defended his provocative Twitter posts in which he had accused various “progressive” Democratic Congresswomen of being anti-Semitic and anti-American.
“If you’re not happy here, then you can leave. As far as I’m concerned, if you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave. And that’s what I say all the time,” Trump said.
In his statement, he specifically targeted Omar, an immigrant from Somalia, accusing her of anti-American behavior and speech.
“I look at Omar—I don’t know, I never met her. I hear the way she talks about al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda has killed many Americans. When she talked about the World Trade Center being knocked down, ‘Some people.’ You remember the famous ‘some people.’ These are people that, in my opinion, hate our country,” Trump added.
Omar was asked to respond to Trump’s remarks that she is a “communist” and “pro-al-Qaeda” during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 15.
“I will not dignify it with an answer because I know that every single Islamophobe, every single person who is hateful, who is driven by an ideology of ‘othering’ as this president is, rejoices in us responding to that and us defending ourselves,” Omar said.
“I do not expect every time there is a white supremacist who attacks or there is a white man who kills in a school or in a movie theater, or in a mosque, or in a synagogue, I don’t expect my white community members to respond on whether they love that person or not,” she added.