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

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDemocrats reject hardball tactics against Senate parliamentarian  The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Pfizer deems COVID vaccine 'safe' for children 5+ Omar urges Biden, Schumer to disregard parliamentarian on immigration 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 PelosiPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE (D-Calif.) and four freshmen including Omar, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressive foreign policy should not be pro-autocracy Democratic bill would force Fed to defund fossil fuels Democrats brace for battle on Biden's .5 trillion spending plan MORE (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHaitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes Advocates 'in utter disbelief' after Biden resumes Haitian repatriations Democratic bill would force Fed to defund fossil fuels MORE (D-Mass.). 

The tweet was swiftly denounced by Democrats, including Pelosi.

Newly independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats defend Afghan withdrawal amid Taliban advance Vietnam shadow hangs over Biden decision on Afghanistan Kamala Harris and our shameless politics MORE (Mich.) also criticized Trump's tweet.