Trump takes fresh aim at Omar when asked about rally chants

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE on Friday took fresh aim at Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump MORE (D-Minn.) while deflecting blame away from his supporters who chanted "send her back" at a Wednesday night rally.

When asked about his unhappiness with the chants in North Carolina, Trump quickly turned his criticism to Omar.


"You know what I'm unhappy with? The fact that a congresswoman can hate our country," Trump said. "I'm unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman can say anti-Semitic things."

"I'm unhappy when a congresswoman goes and says, 'I'm going to be the president's nightmare,'" he added, referencing comments Omar made upon arriving back in Minnesota. "She's going to be the president's nightmare. She's lucky to be where she is, let me tell you. And the things that she has said are a disgrace to our country."

After arriving at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport on Thursday, Omar addressed a crowd of supporters.

“When I said I was the president’s nightmare, well you’re watching it now," she said. "We are going to continue to be a nightmare to this president, because his policies are a nightmare to us. And we are not deterred, we are not frightened, we are ready.”

Omar came under bipartisan scrutiny earlier this year for suggesting U.S. lawmakers support Israel because of lobbyists and that those who press for supporting Israel were pushing “allegiance to a foreign country.”

The House later voted on a resolution broadly condemning anti-Semitism and bigotry in the wake of her comments. Republicans were critical of the resolution, which did not explicitly mention Omar or her remarks.

Trump's renewed focus on Omar is a shift from just a day earlier, when he sought to distance himself from the chants of "send her back."

The president told reporters Thursday that "was not happy" with the chant and that he "disagreed with it."

But on Friday he sent a trio of tweets, first complaining about what he called the media's "crazed" coverage of the chants. He then went after Omar.

The president set off a firestorm Sunday when he tweeted that Omar and her fellow Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Tucker Carlson as 'white supremacist sympathizer' Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — GOP, Democrats square off at final impeachment hearing MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleySanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump MORE (Mass.) should "go back" to their home countries, even though they are all U.S. citizens.

Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, is the only one of the group who was born outside the country.

Trump tore into each of the congresswomen during his North Carolina rally and in recent days has repeatedly accused them of hating the U.S. As he criticized Omar, supporters in Greenville began chanting "send her back!"

Numerous Republican lawmakers denounced the chants, but some shifted blame away from the president and onto the crowd.

Congressional Democrats expressed concern for the safety of the four congresswomen and have called for increased security for them.