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 OmarHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data House Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens MORE (D-Minn.) on Tuesday criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' 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 PressleyOcasio-Cortez shares verse by the 'Congressional Destiny's Child' in promotion of new birth control legislation Ocasio-Cortez shares verse by the 'Congressional Destiny's Child' in promotion of new birth control legislation Overnight Health Care: Democratic bill would require insurance to cover OTC birth control | House Dems vote to overturn ban on fetal tissue research | New rule aims to expand health choices for small businesses MORE (D-Mass.) at a rally outside the Capitol, Omar defended her birth country of Somalia. 

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"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 Anthony BookerThe generational divide of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party Booker, O'Rourke, Buttigieg rally with striking McDonald's workers in South Carolina Booker, O'Rourke, Buttigieg rally with striking McDonald's workers in South Carolina MORE (D-N.J.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Buttigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' The generational divide of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party 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.