Omar knocks Trump 'go back' tweet: 'You are stoking white nationalism'

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders unveils plan for government-funded child care, pre-K Ilhan Omar accuses Meghan McCain of trafficking in 'anti-Muslim smears and hate speech' Sanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group MORE (D-Minn.) said on Sunday that President Trump is "stoking white nationalism" after he suggested unidentified progressive congresswomen should "go back" to the places they came from. 

"You are stoking white nationalism because you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda," Omar tweeted. 


Omar, who was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, came to the U.S. with her family as a refugee. 

"Mr. President, As Members of Congress, the only country we swear an oath to is the United States. Which is why we are fighting to protect it from the worst, most corrupt and inept president we have ever seen," she said.

Trump in an earlier tweet said that the Democratic lawmakers, who "originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe," should "go back... then come back and show us how it is done." 

Trump's tweet did not name lawmakers, but it follows a week of escalating tension between Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBottom Line Immigrants who seek opportunity should comply with longstanding American values Trump's intel moves spark Democratic fury MORE (D-Calif.) and four freshmen including Omar, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat MORE (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyProgressive Democrat confronts Rep. Cuellar at parade, calls for him to debate her: report There's no such thing as a free bus Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms MORE (D-Mass.). 

The tweet was swiftly denounced by Democrats, including Pelosi.

Newly independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashBarr ensnared in Roger Stone firestorm House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum Weld bets on New Hampshire to fuel long shot bid against Trump MORE (Mich.) also criticized Trump's tweet.