Trump endorses Omar's Republican challenger

Trump endorses Omar's Republican challenger
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President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE on Monday endorsed Lacy Johnson, the Republican candidate challenging Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDemocrats poised to impeach Trump again Pence opposes removing Trump under 25th Amendment: reports Pelosi vows to impeach Trump again — if Pence doesn't remove him first MORE (D-Minn.) in the 2020 election cycle.

“You are doing a great job, and Omar is a disaster who wants much higher taxes, hates our Military & our Vets, demands Open Borders, and is fighting to take away our great 2nd Amendment,” Trump tweeted Monday morning, sharing a message from Johnson celebrating the Republican endorsement. “Good luck Lacy!”


Trump has long targeted Omar, who represents Minnesota's 5th District, for criticism, accusing her of being anti-Semitic. Omar, in exchange, has accused the president of racism.

Trump has accused Omar and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs Overnight Energy: EPA rule exempts many polluting industries from future air regulations | Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report | Officials ousted from White House after papers casting doubt on climate science Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report MORE (D-Mich.) — the first Muslim women elected to Congress — of being “anti-Israel” last year over their support for Palestinian rights and backing of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel. Trump successfully pressed Israel to bar the two congresswomen from visiting the country last summer.

Last October, Trump staged a campaign rally in Omar’s congressional district, criticizing her as an “America-hating socialist” and a “disgrace” to the United States.

Omar was elected to Congress during the 2018 midterm elections that saw Democrats capture a majority in the House of Representatives with a sweeping victory. She has in just over a year established herself as a prominent voice of the progressive wing of the party. Omar is facing a Democratic primary challenger in Atone Melton-Meaux on August 11.