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Trump endorses Omar's Republican challenger

Trump endorses Omar's Republican challenger
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President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE on Monday endorsed Lacy Johnson, the Republican candidate challenging Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Biden faces pressure from all sides on Israel Omar says Cheney 'as right-wing as they come' but removal 'shameful' 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!”

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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 TlaibOcasio-Cortez hits Yang over scrapped Eid event: 'Utterly shameful' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel The Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel 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.