Omar defends Somalia: 'That shithole country raised a very proud, dignified person'

Omar defends Somalia: 'That shithole country raised a very proud, dignified person'
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Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOvernight Defense & National Security — DOD watchdog to review extremism screening Omar calls for closure of Guantánamo Bay prison after 20 years of 'lawlessness and cruelty' The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta MORE (D-Minn.) on Tuesday criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' Sinema reignites 2024 primary chatter amid filibuster fight  Why not a Manchin-DeSantis ticket for 2024? MORE's January 2018 remarks calling Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations "shithole countries." 

Speaking alongside activist Angela Davis and other black progressives such as Rep. 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.) at a rally outside the Capitol, Omar defended her birth country of Somalia. 


"And I also, also happen to be a refugee and an immigrant from what they call one of the shithole countries," Omar told the crowd, according to a Facebook video. "The reality is, that shithole country raised a very proud, dignified person."

"Our circumstances might not always be perfect," Omar continued. "But that doesn't lessen our humanity, and I am not in the business of defending mine."

Tuesday's rally was billed the #WeStandWithIlhan rally in support of Omar, who was the subject of recent criticism from conservatives and Trump himself over her comments about 9/11 and others about Israel.

Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, was also the subject of a video tweeted by the president which interspersed her remarks about civil rights for Muslims in America after 9/11 with footage of the Twin Towers falling in the attacks.

The freshman lawmaker was also the target of a display set up by Republicans in the West Virginia Statehouse that surrounded her photo with images of the 9/11 attacks and the text "Never forget" and "I am the proof — you have forgotten."

Democratic presidential candidates including Sens. Cory BookerCory BookerCNN legal analyst knocks GOP senator over remark on Biden nominee Barnes rakes in almost 0K after Johnson enters Wisconsin Senate race Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two MORE (D-N.J.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersWe are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified Overnight Health Care — Biden's Supreme Court setback Republican rep who voted to impeach Trump running for reelection MORE (I-Vt.) have accused Republicans of stoking Islamophobia with their criticism of the freshman Democrat.

“The criticisms of Congresswoman Omar, what Donald Trump has been saying about her, is reprehensible, it is trafficking in Islamophobia, and it should be condemned by everyone," Booker said last month.