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Omar stops traffic with impromptu news conference blasting Trump

In a chaotic moment outside the Capitol, Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarYoung Turks founder on Democratic establishment: 'They lie nonstop' Hillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters MORE (D-Minn.) — trailed by a mob of cameramen and reporters — stopped in the middle of Independence Avenue, shut down two lanes of traffic and gave an impromptu news conference responding to Trump supporters who chanted at President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE's rally Wednesday that she should leave the country.

"I am not [scared for my safety]. What I'm scared for is the safety for people who share my identity,” Omar told a gaggle of journalists on Thursday.

"This is not about me. This is about fighting for what this country should be and what it deserves to be."

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CNN's Manu Raju recorded video of reporters asking questions to Omar.

Her remarks came a day after Trump attacked four freshman Democratic congresswomen of color during a rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night. As Trump singled out Omar, the crowd began chanting “send her back!” — a nod to Trump’s earlier comments that the four minority women should “go back” to their own countries.

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHeatwaves don't lie: Telling the truth about climate change Biden risks break with progressives on infrastructure The Memo: The center strikes back MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias Omar: I wasn't equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyIt's past time we elect a Black woman governor House Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias MORE (D-Mass.) were all born in the United States. Omar was born in war-torn Somalia, spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp, sought asylum in the U.S. in 1992 and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

Because of the size of the media scrum and the fact that Omar continued walking, a veteran Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer tripped over a curb and tumbled hard to the ground, causing Omar to help him back to his feet. Other reporters bumped into a car waiting to exit the jammed Capitol grounds, prompting a lawmaker to get out of the car and begin screaming at the press gaggle. The lawmaker was ignored.

When asked if Trump’s remarks are “racist,” Omar stopped in the middle of the eastbound lanes of Independence Avenue to answer the question, causing about 20 TV cameramen, photographers and reporters to block traffic.

“The fact that you’re still asking that question is really what’s wrong here, because we have said this president is racist," she said. "We have condemned his remarks. I believe he is fascist."

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) “defended his comments by saying that if I was wearing a MAGA hat, if there was a Somali person wearing a MAGA hat, they would not be deported, but because I criticized the president, I should be deported,” Omar said as cars began honking and a Capitol Police officer yelled out that the lawmaker and reporters should not block the intersection.

“I want to remind people that this is what this president and his supporters have turned our country [into] that is supposed to be a country where we allow democratic debate and dissent to take place,” Omar continued. “This is not about me; this is about us fighting for what this country truly should be and what it deserves to be.”