Ilhan Omar calls Trump's 'blatantly racist' attack on minority lawmakers 'the agenda of white nationalists'

Ilhan Omar calls Trump's 'blatantly racist' attack on minority lawmakers 'the agenda of white nationalists'
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Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSenate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Overnight Defense & National Security — DOD watchdog to review extremism screening Omar calls for closure of Guantánamo Bay prison after 20 years of 'lawlessness and cruelty' MORE (D-Minn) on Monday said President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE's attacks on female minority lawmakers Sunday were "blatantly racist" and comparable to "the agenda of white nationalists."

"This is a president who has overseen the most corrupt administration in our history," Omar said in a press conference alongside fellow progressive Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyIt's time for President Biden to use his vast clemency power Ayanna Pressley says she has tested COVID-19 positive in breakthrough case Biden should resolve to cease the 'Red Queen' justice MORE (D-Mass.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSen. Brian Schatz tests positive for COVID-19 Democrats call on FDA to revisit ban on gay, bisexual men donating blood amid shortage Senate Democrats introduce bill to ban stock trades in Congress MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse Democrats inquire about possible census undercount in Detroit, other communities Michigan redistricting spat exposes competing interests in Democratic coalition Tlaib announces run in new Detroit district with Lawrence retiring MORE (D-Mich.). 

"To distract from that, he’s launching a blatantly racist attack on four duly elected members of the United States House of Representatives, all of whom are women of color," she added. "This is the agenda of white nationalists, whether it is happening in chat rooms or it’s happening on national TV. And now it’s reached the White House garden."

"He would love nothing more than to divide our country based on race, religion, gender, orientation or immigration status because this is the only way he knows how to prevent the solidarity of us working together across all of our differences," Omar said.

The comments from Omar came just a day after Trump said in a series of tweets widely considered to be aimed at Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley that they should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came" before speaking out about how the United States government should be run. 

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Trump also claimed that the progressive Democrats "came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe."

The comments ignited swift backlash from a host of GOP and Democratic lawmakers, many of whom called the remarks racist. Omar and Tlaib renewed calls for Trump to be impeached during the press conference on Monday. 

"It is time for us to stop allowing this president to make a mockery of our Constitution," Omar said. "It's time for us to impeach this president."

Trump, meanwhile, has adamantly defended his remarks, saying that he isn't concerned about the backlash because "many people agree with me.”