Ocasio-Cortez: Trump has 'put millions of Americans in danger' with attacks on minority lawmakers

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJared Kushner denies Trump 'promoting' questions about Kamala Harris Progressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins Democrats hammer Trump for entertaining false birther theory about Harris MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days MORE put "millions of Americans in danger" after a "send her back" chant targeting Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez celebrates 'squad' primary victories: 'The people triumphed' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence Omar fends off primary challenge in Minnesota MORE (D-Minn.) broke out at his rally in North Carolina. 

"The president put millions of Americans in danger last night. His rhetoric is endangering lots of people," Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Capitol Hill. "It’s not just about threats to individual members of Congress, but it is about creating a volatile environment in this country through violent rhetoric that puts anyone like Ilhan, anyone who believes in the rights of all people, in danger. He has a responsibility for that environment."

The comments from the New York congresswoman came just a day after a rally crowd repeatedly chanted "send her back" as Trump criticized Omar, a U.S. citizen who fled Somalia with her family as a child. 

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The chants occurred amid a week in which Trump has repeatedly singled out four minority congresswomen. On Sunday, the president said that the lawmakers — Omar, Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez celebrates 'squad' primary victories: 'The people triumphed' Omar fends off primary challenge in Minnesota Centrists, progressives rally around Harris pick for VP MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) — should "go back" to the "crime infested places" they came from before speaking out about the United States government. 

Trump also claimed that the women had come "from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe." Omar is the only one among the four to be born outside the U.S. They are all U.S. citizens.

The House on Tuesday voted to condemn Trump's remarks as racist. Multiple Democratic lawmakers have since called for enhanced security for members of Congress in wake of the chants at Trump's Greenville, N.C., rally. 

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenThe Memo: Trump's race tactics fall flat Trump administration ending support for 7 Texas testing sites as coronavirus cases spike The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Miami mayor worries about suicide and domestic violence rise; Trump-governor debate intensifies MORE (D-Texas) said on the House floor that he was planning to introduce legislation that addresses security resources for lawmakers. 

“This is an important time in this country. These are dangerous times. Every member of this House needs additional security,” Green said. 

Trump has adamantly stood by his remarks about the congresswomen, repeatedly saying that they should leave the U.S. if they are unhappy. He said Thursday that he disagreed with the "send her back" chants. 

Asked why he didn't try to stop the chants, the president said that he "started speaking very quickly" to silence it. Video shows he paused for about 14 seconds after the chants began.