Ilhan Omar: 'I truly believe' Fox News host Tucker Carlson is 'a racist fool'

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTrump seeks to expand electoral map with New Mexico rally Omar says she hopes Netanyahu not reelected Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate MORE (D-Minn.) doubled down Wednesday in calling Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonWashington Monthly editor calls 'woke capital' problematic for progressives, conservatives Tucker Carlson praises de Blasio for addressing threat of automation on jobs DC workforce should prepare for insidious new threat MORE a "racist fool" in response to his on-air comments about her Tuesday.  

“I truly believe he is a racist fool,” Omar told reporters as she left a Democratic caucus meeting Wednesday morning. 

Omar continued, saying Carlson is “weeping about the fact that we have an African-born member of Congress, the type of people that the likes of him think come from shithole countries,” referring to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE's reported 2018 comments referring to some African nations. 

“The fact that he doesn’t get the opportunity to ban me from this country and now he has to call me a congresswoman I'm sure pisses him off,” she added.

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Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, initially called Carlson a “racist fool” in a Tuesday-night tweet following the Fox News host’s comments about her on his show.

Carlson said Tuesday that the congresswoman is “living proof” that U.S. immigration laws are “dangerous.”

Pointing to Omar’s success story going from refugee to “one of the most powerful women in America” at age 36, Carlson accused the lawmaker of not being “grateful” to the country.

“After everything America has done for Omar and for her family, she hates this country more than ever,” he said.

"Omar isn't disappointed in America, she is enraged by it. Virtually every public statement she makes accuses Americans of bigotry and racism," he continued. “That should worry you and not just because Omar is now a sitting Member of Congress. Ilhan Omar is living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country."

"Maybe that's our fault for asking too little of our immigrants. We aren't self-confident enough to make them assimilate so they never feel fully American. Or maybe the problem is deeper than that," he added. "Maybe we're importing people from places whose values are simply in antithetical to ours. Who knows what the problem is, but there is a problem."

Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, has been harshly critical of Trump and Republicans during her time in office. She has also sparked tension within her own party with controversial comments about Israel that led to accusations of anti-Semitism.

Carlson ended his segment telling viewers to be “grateful for Ilhan Omar, annoying as she is.”

“She's a living fire alarm, a warning to the rest of us we better change our immigration system immediately,” he said. “Or else.”

Omar responded in a Tuesday night tweet saying that "lies" will not "stamp out my love for this country."

"Not gonna lie, it’s kinda fun watching a racist fool like this weeping about my presence in Congress," she wrote. "No lies will stamp out my love for this country or my resolve to make our union more perfect."

"They will just have to get used to calling me Congresswoman!" she added. 

 

“Anyone who values democracy and free expression should be gravely concerned when members of Congress demand that their critics be silenced," Tucker Carlson Tonight senior executive producer Justin Wells told The Hill in a statement. "Tucker will address this on tonight’s show.”

Carlson has previously called Omar a “symbol of America’s failed immigration system,” and has faced widespread criticism from the left for his rhetoric on immigrants.

—Cristina Marcos contributed to this report, which was updated 5:31 p.m.